Young Miners Dying of “Old Man’s Disease”

Source: In These Times
by Kim Kelly

“Adaptation is a way of life for John Moore. He’s worked construction, run a wig shop and now promotes concerts. The wig shop idea came to him because his middle daughter was having trouble styling her thick, curly hair. He didn’t know much about wigs, or hair in general, so he learned and started turning a profit soon after the grand opening. That’s the kind of man he is  — someone who’s always looking out for the next opportunity, the next chance to make it. … At a glance, he seems strong, the kind of person who can win an arm-wrestling contest or help you move  — like a man with a lot of living left to do. But instead, Moore, at only 42, is dying of black lung disease.” (05/17/23)