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Mike Pintek on: His Telephone Connection to the Control Room
Mike Pintek Q: Tell me about being connected right to the control room.

MP: When I made the telephone call to Three Mile Island, thinking that there was a fire on-site -- that's what I thought -- I was put through to the control room, but I didn't find that out until later. I didn't know who I was talking to. I asked for a public relations person. I identified myself, Mike Pintek from WKBO, I'd like to speak to a public relations official. And this man gets on the line, and there's commotion in the background, and he said, "I can't talk now, we have a problem. I said, "Well, do you have a fire?" He said, "No, we've got no fire equipment here. I can't talk now, we've got a problem. Call Metropolitan Edison headquarters in Redding, Pennsylvania." I said, "All right, thank you. " Now, you know, I could kick myself now for not knowing that I was talking to the control room operator, but I didn't know. I didn't find that out until later, till one of the president's commission investigators told me that I had actually been put through to the control room. Apparently they had tracked that down and determined that indeed I had been put through to them.

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