Miners' lives about to change - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Miners' lives about to change

As trying as their underground ordeal has been, the miners now face challenges so bewildering that no amount of coaching can fully prepare them.

The world is intensely curious to hear their tale of survival.  They have been invited to presidential palaces, take all-expenses-paid vacations and appear on countless TV shows.

Book and movie deals are pending, along with job offers.  Previously unimaginable riches await a simple signature for those with savvy.

Mario Sepulveda appeared well aware of his budding options. His performance exiting from the shaft appeared to confirm what many Chileans thought when they saw his engaging performances in videos sent up from below -- that he could have a future as a TV personality.

But he tried to quash the idea as he spoke to viewers of Chile's state television channel while sitting with his wife and children shortly after his rescue. "The only thing I'll ask of you is that you don't treat me as an artist or a journalist, but as a miner," he said. "I was born a miner and I'll die a miner."

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