I wonder if sending a copy directly to Jane Pauley might have been more effective in the long run. At least as a reporter she is used to following up on information and asking questions.
Peter Zavon, CIH
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Doug Cody
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2018 7:13 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Reminder about the hazards of Lead Sculpture Technique
Your letter was spot on. This type of reporting is not uncommon in today"s world. It is is shameful but almost highly unprofessional for a reporter to not do their homework in the subject before doing the interview.
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> On Feb 5, 2018, at 6:55 AM, DCHAS Membership Chair --- --- Previous post | Top of Page | Next post
> From: Monona Rossol
> Re: CBS morning show-Anselm Kiefer
> I hope some of you saw CBS Morning and the segment on Anselm Kiefer who was melting lead and hurling at canvases, and more. I wrote the following to CBS news, but since that is similar to a dropping a message in a black hole, here is what I wrote:
> In the early 1960s, I was taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to make dripped-lead sculpture by melting lead. That was way before we knew better. And way before laws were passed prohibiting use of lead in any workplace, including schools, without a written OSHA program, monitoring, protective gear and worker training.
> My experience with acute lead poisoning as a sculpture student was one of the motivations for me to become a chemist/industrial hygienist with a specialty in art. But common sense should have told Jane Pauley and any reporter who had ever worked on a story about lead paint, lead in children"s toys, lead in water, or any similar story, that Kiefer"s work would expose the artist and anyone working or observing in that studio to lead.
> Since today I am also the Safety Officer for some of your IATSE workers and the Safety Consultant for SAG-AFTRA, I have met some of the qualified safety people that work at CBS that could have explained to you the hazards of melting lead and the laws that apply. Yet it appears that neither Jane Pauley nor the woman reporter in Anselm Kiefer's studio, or any of your fact checkers, even asked for an assessment of this hazard.
> Worse, CBS provided not a word of warning to art students, professional artists, or teachers, some of whom are going to try this same thing. Just shame on you all.
> Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
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