Aristoshark saidI remember having to hide under our desks and cover our heads with our hands when we had an 'air raid drill'. Because for sure that was the way to survive a Soviet nuclear attack.
so you came up during the armed race, cold war period?
Damn, you must be OLD! You probably remember those yellow Civil Defense signs identifying the shelters! I've heard about them
That was called duck and cover. Here's the wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_and_cover
I fought to save what shortly would have become an historic fallout shelter in Wilton of all places. But I lost that battle. People had them built in their backyards in the 50s and with the Cuban missile crisis of the early 60s. The city wanted to expand their library and I tried to get them to go a story up instead of spreading out.
They wanted instead to buy the house behind it, a nice house, and tear it down to expand horizontally so they wouldn't have the expense of building up, and, well, because the librarian at the time was a greedy short sighted bitch who wouldn't listen to reason.
In the backyard of that house then behind the old library, was one of the very few remaining cold war nuclear bomb shelters in Broward County. I couldn't even get the county
historical society on my side because the structure was a few years younger than their required 50, idiots. They refused to speak for it.
So the city came in, bought the place and tore it down with me kicking and screaming the whole way. That I recall, I was the only one there with a camera when the city's bulldozer destroyed that history without notice or fan fair. I did try to get the newspapers involved. I don't recall if they did an article. I probably still have the pictures but I'd have to look for them.
That was a tough demolition. And totally stupid. They could have easily designed around it. It wasn't architecturally pretty, just a concrete box, but it did speak to some of the fear & stupidity of our past. History shushed for a library.
What I remember from when I was a kid was a slice of pizza at Guido's going up to a quarter from 15 cents. Boy was I mad.
EDIT: I do now recall the librarian at the demol and I think with a camera. I certainly remember shooting her a dirty look.