March 1 – 4, 2015

Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk

San Antonio, TX



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Dark Tide: How World War One, Terrorism, and Incompetence Resulted in a 15-foot High Wave of Molasses Engulfing Boston

Wednesday, June 5th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

In 1919, a U.S. Industrial Alcohol molasses storage tank ruptured on the Boston waterfront, suddenly releasing a wave of 2.3 million gallons of molasses, killing 19 and costing hundreds of millions of dollars. This presentation will tell the story of why molasses was critical to the war effort, explain the background of anarchic terrorism present in the U.S. at the time, and discuss the practical and political aftermath of the disaster.

You might not think molasses would be important for the war, but it was critical to the military supply chain. And anarchic terrorism in the 1920s is something that not many people are familiar with, but there are important analogies to terrorism today. The political aftermath should be interesting to corporate BCMs to understand how companies were treated at the time. And you know you want to hear more about a 15-foot high wave of molasses!

Speaker bio: Scot Phelps

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