Joe Hazelwood’s Birthday Card


WC offers a snarky birthday card to former Captain Joseph Hazelwood on the occasion of his 70th birthday, today, September 24, 2016.

Gary Larson's Far Side, November 11, 1994

Gary Larson’s Far Side, November 11, 1994

Captain Hazelwood’s legacy in Prince William Sound will outlive him. In 1999, WC was sea kayaking on the east side of Prince William Sound. Under the rocks at one beach on a small island, WC found extensive blobs of congealed crude oil. WC kept a sample, which today sits on a shelf in WC’s house as a reminder. A reminder of how technology can go wrong. A reminder of how devastating humankind’s mistakes can be. A reminder that no technology is foolproof, because fools are so damned ingenious. A reminder of why WC can’t wish Captain Hazelwood a happy birthday.

Crude oil sludge, West Prince William Sound

Crude oil sludge, West Prince William Sound

 

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