By Louis Ronald Scatena
ANTHRACITE BOOT CAMP is a non-fiction story about life around
• A collection of frightening episodes, as when the boy witnesses a
• A collection of humorous episodes as when miners frighten the 9
• An adventure as when the boy travels underground at age eleven to
. Amusing references to the cultural standards of the boy’s Italian
• Introductory chapters with historical reminders of hardships of
• A reliable account of typical coal-mining means and methods
• A final chapter of lessons in honor, team collaboration, and hard
ANTHRACITE BOOT CAMP is an educational and entertaining story for
About the Author
Louis Ronald Scatena was born in March of 1942 in Dupont, Pennsylvania. From 1950 to 1959, he spent all of his summers and most of his weekends working at his father’s anthracite coal mines in the Greater Pittston Area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduation from Jenkins Township High School in 1959, Lou joined and served in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, and Aerial Navigation School at Cherry Point, North Carolina. After service in the Corps, he continued his education at the University of Scranton, married his wife, Frances, in 1963, and graduated from the University of Detroit in 1967. After working for Burns and Loewe Architects and Engineers in Scranton, Pennsylvania for eight years, Lou and his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for twenty-eight years for a major water and power utility – The Salt River Project(SRP). In his final ten years at SRP, Lou served as a Quality Improvement Team Facilitator, and Technical Consultant on the general manager’s staff. Since 2003, Lou continues to work as a structural engineer for Carollo Engineers, Inc. in Phoenix. At Carollo, Lou has been responsible for the structural design of many large water and wastewater treatment plants though-out Arizona, California, and the Southwest, and currently continues his responsibilities for structural engineering at Carollo.
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