Hal Samsel talks about his career as a smokejumper in Missoula, Montana, from 1949 to 1965 and as the rigging loft foreman from 1966 to 1980. He talks about the aftermath of the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire, the film Red Skies of Montana, and the changes to the smokejumper organization brought on by the civil rights movement.
Smokejumpers Montana Biography; Smokejumping Montana History; Forest fires Montana; Women Employment United States; Red Skies of Montana (motion picture)
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (65 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (20 p. : 28 cm.)
Samsel, Hal, "Hal Samsel Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection. OH_133_093.