The only high school in my hometown — Campbell, Ohio — was built on a hilltop just east of Youngstown.
Behind our football field, the earth sloped away, down to the Mahoning River valley where the Youngstown Sheet & Tube steel mills stretched out for miles.
Our school, our small town, the gritty air we breathed — they were inseparable from those blast furnaces.
For three generations of Campbell guys, seeking work at the mill was almost automatic. And smart: You were guaranteed great pay and union benefits.