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Jim Muir

Jim Muir claims his personal work history resembles a roller-coaster ride. A few months after his 1971 graduation from Sesser-Valier High School, and one month after his 18th birthday, Muir started working at Old Ben Coal Mine 21, traveling 650 feet underground each day to earn a living. That was his life--swing shift, coal dust, and danger--for 20 years, until the coal industry bottomed out and nearly all the coal mines closed. Muir enrolled at Rend Lake College and took his first college...See more