There is so much of interest in this excerpt from the documentary, The Greatest Generation and the Modern Pesticide Revolution, available at pctonline.tv, but you might especially appreciate the story from Dr. John Osmun recalling his service days as the entomologist on post at Camp Gordon in Georgia during WWII:
Dr. Osmun established the urban entomology program at Purdue.
Notice how they tried superheating? Among other things! None of them worked.
And Gesarol? Who knew!?
Personally, I enjoy looking back and I don’t mind even a little nostalgia. We’ve long understood that nothing like Gesarol is “coming back” or on the horizon and that the real solutions available to us are difficult ones, education and coordinated action.
The Greatest Generation and the Modern Pesticide Revolution was produced by David Fincannon and Phi Chi Omega. The excerpt above also features interviews with Emille Pappas, Lonnie Holder and Jim Steckel. (Perhaps, like me, you’ll enjoy hearing about how the Queen Mary was sealed for fumigation.) A second DVD excerpt, also at pctonline.tv, features Harry Katz and John Osmun recalling J.J. Davis (Purdue) and Bill Buettner (National Pest Control Association)—we learn what Buettner thought about DDT and the future of the pest control industry and we learn that pest control, like undertaking, was a “war-time essential” service.