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It’s a Blast? Ask victims’ loved ones

Post by Cheryl Tucker on May 6, 2009 at 5:17 am |
May 6, 2009 5:17 am

I was listening to the radio Tuesday and heard an ad for a May 16 educational event at Mount St. Helens featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy.

The event is called “It’s a Blast.”

Am I being too sensitive to think that sounds a little in-sensitive? Maybe I’m putting myself in the shoes of those who lost someone in the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. When they hear the word “blast,” do they think “fun time” or something else?

Fifty-seven people were killed when the volcano erupted. I know it’s been almost three decades, but it still seems too soon to be making light of the event with a snappy “It’s a Blast” reference.

Adding to the cringe-worthiness: The event is taking place at the Johnston Ridge Observatory – named after geologist David Johnston, one of those killed that day.

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