March 24: Bad day at work? Joseph Hazelwood’s was worse

March 24 — Next time you have a bad day at work, remember this date in GenX history because we guarantee Joseph Hazelwood’s was worse.

The captain of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker, Hazelwood was reportedly sleeping off a bender below deck while this third mate accidentally guided the Valdez into Bligh Reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, spilling 10.8 million of the tanker’s 53.1 million gallons into the pristine surroundings. Initial images were heartbreaking, as up to 250,000 seabirds, 2,800 otters, and 22 orca whales perished. We…