History matters: Gordie Howe edition

One of the things that Doug and I often lament is for all of the focus on technology and progress, many food safety problems that pop up are recurring issues: not understanding how the bugs move/grow, poor management, poor execution or just not caring.

Same stuff almost every time.

A lot can be learned by paying attention to the bad stuff that has happened in the past.howe-gretzky

History matters in hockey too. Last night my kids stayed up with the hopes of seeing the Stanley Cup awarded live for the first time. Neither made it past the ten minute mark of the third, and San Jose forced a game six (so we have another chance Sunday).

During the game we talked a while about NHL players jersey numbers; Jack wears number 9 after finding out Gretzky wore that as a kid.

Gretzky chose that number because his idol Gordie Howe wore it.

Gordie died today at age 88.

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.