"I'm sort of like a snake handler," explains Bryan Willette. "I know what I'm doing is dangerous, but you develop a comfort level by knowing how to handle it correctly." The treacherous work he does? Installing stained-glass windows.
Knowles, associate professor of history and politics at Drexel, recently published The Disaster Experts, which traces the history of our disaster-policy priorities and the people who shape them. It's not a book that will make you sleep better.
For the third year, we're giving a warm hug to a handful of Philadelphians who have proven themselves willing and able to hurdle preconceptions, routine thinking and the quivering, keeps-you-up-at-night anxiety of the new.