I was raised in the 1950s when we all lived in the shadow of total nuclear annihilation. I did the duck and cover drills in school, trusting that my desk would protect me from being vaporized. We had Strontium 90 in our milk and all the benefits that open air atomic testing would bring.
Sometime in the 1960s I bought this record which I’ve yet to digitize. It starts with an air raid siren and the dulcet tones of Richard Wiley giving advice about how to live underground, He suggested getting some tranquilizers because it might get a little tense, especially with no cell service.
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A M65 Atomic cannon that I visited at the United States Army Ordnance Museum in Aberdeen, Maryland. They fired a nuclear warhead at range of 7 miles at a test site in Nevada on May 25,1953. Learn more (and see videos) at the atomic cannon website.