CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 26, 1978
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(Studio) Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Califano's warning to about 11 million American workers of their health risks due to exposure to asbestos reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Background report on asbestos effects on lungs and potential for its effect on American workers from World War II to present. "Rosie the Riveter" mentioned. Films and photos shown. [Former asbestos worker John ROBINSON - describes thoughts about job when he was in Navy and information he's found now.] Uses of asbestos and inds. in which workers could be exposed listed. [Asbestos worker Louis ROGICH - describes how workers and people in street could have been exposed to asbestos when it was being used in construction of tall bldgs.] [OCAW union spokesperson Anthony MAZZOCCHI - describes public exposure to asbestos as result of modern demolition procedures.] Length of time it takes for effects of asbestos exposure, like lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, stated. [MAZZOCCHI - says there'd be panic if effects of asbestos exposure were immediately apparent and notes that even though they aren't, 100's of thousands will die because of exposure and many never know it.] Mrs. Barbara Gurrie's remembrances of father who worked at Quincy, Massachusetts, shipyard cited. [GURRIE - recalls mother shaking out father's clothing over back porch; states that she and sister often played there while mother was doing this.] Mrs. Gurrie's parents' deaths of asbestos-related diseases noted; Mrs. Gurrie now has mesothelioma. [Dr. Phillip POLAKOFF - advises group of physicians of priorities for exposed patients.] Califano's warning to asbestos workers noted; HEW's statement that those wishing further info. can contact National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, cited. Address for Institution given.
REPORTER: Bill Plante Unsigned sketches