Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Very Awesome Film: St. Helens (1981)

Just enjoyed a film on YouTube https://youtu.be/y3SdIC-Fu3Q.  It is drama, so subplots are added to a very factual story of the efforts of USGS geologist David Johnston to get the area around the volcano evacuated,  saving thousands of lives.  One part that seems fiction, but is not, was Johnston flying into the crater to collect gases that showed the volcano was fast approaching a major eruption.  If you ever get to Southwest Washington,  make sure get to the Visitor's Center for the Park.  It is a beautiful area, especially now that everything is growing back. 

The film portrays Harry Truman, owner of Spirit Lodge, as a cranky, patriotic idiosyncratic old coot, the sort who made possible the American Century. 

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