Page 16 - A Visit with Winston Ruck, Steelworker
ISSUE : Issue 60
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1992/6/1
plant. But that was just one little sec? tion. You go across the track, and you're right in there. (So this was a new place to you.) This was down in the main part of the plant. (You'd never been in there.) You couldn't get in there. They weren't allow? ing any kids, any boys, to go in there. On? ly ones that got in there were people who were employed in the plant and going to work. So there was no way you could get in there beforehand. Nobody got in the steel plant. They had watchmen on the gates. So it was inaccessible to people. LDM Quality Products Hair Loss! Unwanted Lines! Something Can Be Done! We carry the finest natural skin and hair care products available anywhere. • For orders • in-home service • phone consultation call Maryanne (Halifax) 457-0150 or David (Cape Breton) 794-2652 So I knew that I had to go in through the gate right by where the overpass is there--used to be a subway then. I knew I had to go in that gate. And when I went in that gate, I asked the watchmari where this place I had to go to--department called the General Yard Department. But I was fortunate enough that while I was going into work-- there was a man who knew my father. And he was a foreman in the department where I was going. So fate always somehow manag- "We're people you can talk to" OPEN '''' MONDAY Dealers for: ''H through ; Electronic Keyboards''B SATURDAY Guitars • Church Organs' • Quality Brand Name Pianos • PA Rentals • Piano & Guitar Instruction Boutiliers' Music Shops r We sell a complete line of top quality musical instruments and accessories. Visit our show? room and try the products for yourself. You will like the variety and price. Layaway plan I available. No interest for 3 months. Music Keyboards Guitars Reeds Strings Horns Violins Chanters Amplifiers PA Systems Supplies Cape Breton Shopping Centre 39 Keltic Drive wooco Sydney River, N. S. DeptS'rB B1S1P4 HOPPING CENTRE 562-001 8 es to play his hand--has a role in these things. And he knew my father well. Freddy Robinson. And he said, "Well, come on with me. Ruck," he said. "I'm going there." And he took me down, through all the shortcuts. There's no way I would ever have found that place by my own. 'Cause the watchman was giving me the long way, which would be the most simple way, you see. But Robinson--he took me through the mills, here and there shortcuts--that's the most direct way. Up and down the lad? der, in this building, open that door.... I went into a little office, there was a fellow sitting behind a chair. His name was Dan Burke. I gave him my card and he took it. And he took my number down--1057. The big building where all the fellows that were coming to work--a lot of new people were hired that day. And I sat with that group. There were others who had been working for some time, were there. Then finally he came out. And all of us fellows that were hired that day, he told us to go down to the Open Hearth Department. We didn't even know where the Open Hearth Department was. And it was dark--pitch dark. There was no great amount of streetlights on there, you had to feel your way and follow somebody who knew where they were going. This was at nighttime--11 o'clock. Went in the Open Hearth Department. And talk about being frightened--seeing these big furnaces, and flames shooting out all over-- and coming at you. And the noise of the overhead cranes, the charging cars, and peo? ple walking. You're scared to death! You had to walk between these furnaces in order to go where we were going. And the flames some? times would be shooting out from the gas. Anyway, we went in there--somebody guided us in. And we went into the back. And the m Professional Locksmiths 24-HOUR ISLAND-WIDE SERVICE • 562-4556 WE HAVE THE ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR SECURITY & HARDWARE PROBLEMS 473 Townsend Street (behind the Provincial Bidg.) COIUIMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL G. Landry's Vacuum Service Ltd. I SEPTIC SYSTEMS CLEANED INSTALLED & REPAIRED I BACKHOE BULLDOZER RENTAL I PORTABLE TOILET RENTAL & SERVICE ~ Cape Breton's Finest Locally-Owned Musical Outlet - Front Lake Rd. Sydney 564-8413 ?? / SERVING ALL OF CAPE BRETON '
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