Interview with Robert E. Garbesi, November 29, 1989

Project: Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project

Interview Summary

In these two interviews, Robert Garbesi provides his views on a wide range of coal-related topics and traces his own career, first with Consolidated Coal Company and then with Falcon and Diamond Shamrock. He discusses his management philosophy and the reciprocal responsibilities of employees and employers. He describes the 1989 strike at Pittston. Garbesi mentions mine safety in surface operations and changes in surface techniques. He explains the role of politics in coal mining and looks at what might be significant for the future of coal mining. Garbesi discusses the writings of Dr. Curt Harvey on coal economics and leaders of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) including Richard Trumka, Sam Church, Arnold Miller, Tony Boyle and John L. Lewis. He analyzes past attempts to carry on coal synthesization and what it may take for it to succeed in the future. He also talks about the impact of acid rain.

Interview Accession

1989oh302_app256

Interviewee Name

Robert E. Garbesi

Interviewer Name

Henry C. Mayer

Interview Date

1989-11-29

Interview Keyword

Coal Operators

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Garbesi, Robert E. Interview by Henry C. Mayer. 29 Nov. 1989. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Garbesi, R.E. (1989, November 29). Interview by H. C. Mayer. Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Garbesi, Robert E., interview by Henry C. Mayer. November 29, 1989, Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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