Who were the hoot owl miners?

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The "hoot owl miners" were the miners that worked the late shift at the mine.  Homer mentions them in the paragraph on p. 11 where he talks about how everyone in Coalwood lives according to the shift changes at the mine.  He would wake up in the morning as the day shift would shuffle past his house, then eat dinner after the day shift guys went home and the early night shift shuffled on in, then if they were up late they might hear the "ringing of hammer on steel and the dry hiss of an arc welder at the little tipple machine shop during the hoot-owl shift."  The shifts were typically eight hours with a relatively short lunch break.

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