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Ken Blackmore oral history interview (transcript)
Mr. Blackmore talks about growing up in Coventry, England during World War II, and then moving to Bellingham, WA to work at the GP mill. He describes the pulping process, substances such as alpha cellulose, as well as chemical byproducts like thixotropic, Quebracho, and Multi KEMIN. Mr. Blackmore was involved in research and development, through which he and his colleagues discovered ways of using those byproducts in other industries like oil drilling, coal mining, cement production, and agriculture. While employed at GP, he was awarded a Shibley Award for outstanding contribution to science. He talks about safety issues associated with mill work, noting a personal experience involving a lab explosion. He talks briefly about strikes at the pulp mill, also describing the nature of relationships between mill employees and individuals throughout the community. Mr. Blackmore concludes by speculating about the future of Bellingham's waterfront.
Blackmore, Ken (interviewee)
Lewis, David (interviewer)
oral histories (literary works)
Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Bellingham Division
Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Co.
Waterfront Oral History Project records
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Western Washington University
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
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