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Dan Parker’s Story: Growing up a “Hooker Kid”

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Dan Parker has an interesting story to tell.  He grew up in Montague and after living in many different places, including Germany, is now back in his family home.  In his interview, Dan shares what it was like growing up a “Hooker Kid,” as children of Hooker Chemical Company employees were casually termed.  He explains how he gradually changed his viewpoint of the company as he became a young adult.

There are themes that run through Dan’s interview that can be found in other interviews:  how at first, the overall community attitude toward the new chemical companies coming to the area was positive, and how over time, even some of the biggest supporters of the new industries began to realize that there was a cost to the boost to the local economy –  a cost that some would eventually conclude was too high.

Listen to Dan’s interview here:  Dan Parker Interview

What are your thoughts?  How do you compare the benefits to the economy with the costs of environmental cleanup and the stigma of pollution?

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  1. Greg Means
    April 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    The long term costs in clean and health issues are high for a short term gain in the economy. The problem was not enough people knew or shared the negative impact the chemical industry could and would have on our environment. That’s constant battle in industrial development – balancing the economic benefit to the negative impact on the environment. Hopefully, we have gotten closer to the point of investigating the potential negative impact before an industry locates here.

  2. April 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I agree, Greg, although I do think hindsight is certainly 20/20! It would be interesting to total up all of the costs, from cleanup to government oversight and more. That could be a lesson in itself!

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