John F. Hogan & Alex A. Burkholder: Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards
Date: Thu. May 02, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
About this event:
John F. Hogan & Alex A. Burkholder discuss their new book titled Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards.
Wade into the endless smoke of Chicago’s Union Stock Yards, the site of nearly three hundred extra-alarm fires before its closure in 1971, including some of the most disastrous conflagrations of a city famous for fire. In 1910, twenty-one firemen and three civilians were killed in a blaze at a beef warehouse—the largest death toll for an organized fire department in the nation prior to 9/11. The meatpackers who ran the yards considered the constant threat of fire as part of the cost of doing business, shrugging it off with an, “It’s all right, we’re fully covered.” For the firefighters who were forced to plunge into the flames again and again, it was an entirely different matter.
Chicago native John Hogan is a published historian and former broadcast journalist and on-air reporter (WGN-TV/Radio). As WGN-TV’s environmental editor, he became the first recipient of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Quality Award.
A fire buff for most of his life, Alex Burkholder began learning about the Chicago Fire Department as a youth, riding to fires on the engines and helping to extinguish the flames. Burkholder earned a BS and MS in journalism from Northwestern University. He went on to become an Emmy award–winning investigative news producer, feature news producer, field producer and news writer/reporter for WGN-TV/Radio and ABC 7 Chicago.
Seating is limited and available first come, first served. Books are for sale and the authors will autograph books at the program's conclusion.