Decades-old December tradition continues past the death of Sparrows Point
By Jamie Smith Hopkins (Baltimore Sun, 12/24/2012)
The five-pointed star, made of stainless steel and dozens of heavy-duty light bulbs, looks deceptively simple. Its symbolism is anything but.
Not long after Bethlehem Steel built the Sparrows Point steel mill’s massive “L” blast furnace in 1978, workers erected the “Star of Bethlehem” at the top — a reference to the longtime owner as well as to the nativity. The star has shone from on high in December ever since, its meaning slowly transforming from an eye-catching example of the steel mill’s might to something deeper and more emotional.
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