Rereading the 1980 PEOPLE article you were part of, only reinforces the anger with the gov and military who had knowledge of what devastation that radiation might do--yet made the choice that whether celebrity or local citizen--you were all expendable. And, sadly, I'm not sure that over 32 years ago, since that 1980 story, much has changed.
In a short video on this subject, "Bound by the Wind", produced and direct by David L. Brown, it implies that even the International Comprehensive Test Ban--AGREED TO-- many years ago has even been actually signed after all those years. (I don't know for sure,here.)
Geesh--to think that when my twin and I, at ten years old, in 1956, were taken along for all the NY marches by my activist Aunt, who wrote for 'Ban the Bomb---and then realize that the old gov and military lies are still being contested, it hardly seems possible to believe. We were even given, in second grade, identification photos on short chains, just in 'case' an atomic bomb 'changed our appearance' and we needed to 'be found'!! (My Mom had a real wry smile on her face when we asked her "but how will we identify YOU?!")
What made me sickest in the Brown documentary, was that we are STILL expendable. At what generation, will families be able to stop worrying about subsequent generations. So glad that you and your beautiful family are fine.
Oh--and tho' the scenery and colorful flying trout sure awakens my love of nature--I've got to award second prize (possibly first) for the plate of rare NY steak, creamed spinach, etc, sitting in your favorite restaurant!!
My twin and I live in NYC on the Upper West Side--and we both welcome Michael and Aimee to our city, next month! If they crave MORE platters of NY steaks, spinach, mashed potatoes,etc.-----or have any questions about nice walks, etc (We're a block from the Hudson River and a few more to Central Park, The Museum of Natural History and lots of fun spots that most visitors rarely even know about! (For no charge, down by the Hudson River, you can take out a kayak and paddle around!!)--we'll be happy to share any info, that might help them out!
Lynn...just so you will know...this kind of thing is still going on, for sure, since during the George W. Bush administration, they 'once again' tried to use our very area as a 'dump' for nuclear waste, until the people of this area band together and resisted the government on 'using our area' as 'the most unnecessary place in the USA' and put us through this all again.
They wanted to use the area east of St. George and Washington, Utah to dump this 'stuff', but the people had had enough, remembering the horror that they went through during that '50's blast which took many lives, including the cast/crew from this film.
It has only been (maybe a year and a half?) since they, once again, did one of their blasts in the Nevada desert..(under protest from both Utah and Nevada) but told the people it would not 'harm them' this time, because it would be done 'underground'. We still do not know what might happen, in the future, from this blast. It took 'years' for people to start dying from what they did in the late 50's.
So...it still goes on..and what can you do? You are the peon citizens..They are the government!
Yes, Ive pretty much given up that much will change--they don't even want to change the area! Just the altitude--'under the ground'--not on TOP of it. I have very little hope that what they 'knew'in the 1950's, will really 'wow' us in THIS century!
A woman from some town in the 1950's got ahold of a military lettter actually counting the people of that town as 'expendable'.
And just as sickening to me are the documentaries I've watched on Hiroshima--in THOSE areas where the people don't even 'look enough like us' for the gov. to get too hot and bothered to even TRY to come up with some great rationalizations!
Sorry, I know that my reation to reading the PEOPLE mag of 1980,.....and watching all the older documentaries of the time in Japan is definitely off topic for this Board, but I do get disturbed when even THIKING OF how little we've advanced!
Here's to a better, safer, kinder world!