That’s the working title of the book I’m currently working on for The University of Pittsburgh Press. A nonfiction work, the book will tell for the first time the complete and accurate story of residents of a small steel-mill town who endured a smog tragedy in 1948, an event that left 20 people dead and led directly to the nation’s first Clean Air Act.

The book will put a kind of historical wrapper around the event so that readers can gain a fuller picture of why residents reacted to the smog the way they did.

I blog here about Donora and related topics. Once in a while I’ll also post something on a more personal note.

If you have memories of Donora and the smog or of loved ones working at the mills, I would love to hear from you. Either email me at or use the Contact link at the top of the page.

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