Tag Archives: Civil Defense

Old Fears

The nuclear test by North Korea and the fear that Iran will get the bomb or that the Islamic extremists will get control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons reminded me of some old fears when I was a teenager in the late 1950’s. There was the pervasive fear then of nuclear war with the then Soviet Union. All across our nation, cities and villages designated public places as fallout shelters and stockpiled them with water and food. Civil Defense directors were appointed to oversee and plan…

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Press Girls

The inauguration of a new president is coming up so I will intermix a few stories about Presidents, the press and politics for the next couple of weeks. You wouldn’t call them “Press Girls” today, but back in 1933, that’s what a group of women reporters were called who covered Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House. It started out as a project by Mrs. Roosevelt to ensure that women reporters kept their jobs during the depression. In March of 1933 she announced she would hold…

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Kruschchev then and now.

Some thoughts on how things change. When I was a teenager in the late 1950’s, there was the pervasive fear of nuclear war with the then Soviet Union. All across our nation, cities and villages designated public places as fallout shelters and stockpiled them with water and food. Civil Defense directors were appointed to oversee and plan for survival after a nuclear war. Individuals prepared for the worst by constructing home shelters and conducting family drills in what to do in case of a nuclear…

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