... screen shot of a nice secretary person being disintegrated in the made for TV movie 'The Day After'. The initial television broadcast had an audience of over 100 million. Ronald Regan had a private screening which set him back on his heels and modified his understanding and viewpoints on nuclear deterrence.
... this looks to be the sort of fall-out shelter that the salesman pushed as 'also a family room!'... underground. What sets this apart from the rest of the basement is the reinforced concrete roof covered with three to four feet of soil. Wonder what sort of music Dad is about to spin on the Hi-Fi. Maybe some of that tropical Tiki lounge music. Maybe 'Oklahoma' for a sing-a-long to keep everyone's spirits up!
Seems like the air vents are a little flimsy for an apocalyptic job? On the other hand; suburbia is not supposed to be ground-zero. The rounded shapes on a pole look like some of the objects I've seen ride out heavy over-pressures in the test films.
... the concept of Bio-Warfare was a close science-fiction cousin to Atomic-War. With the current Covid-Crisis several readers have asked for some posts devoted to the topic.
... 'The Outer Limits; The Man Who Was Never Born'. starring Martin Landau and Shirley Knight
Having accidentally traveled through time, astronaut Joseph Reardon
lands on Earth in the year 2148 A.D. to find it a desolate realm. He
meets Andro, a mutated human stricken with a disfiguring disease for
which there is no cure. Andro is one of the few survivors of a
biological disaster brought on by an ambitious scientist named Bertram
Cabot Jr., who isolated and developed a viral symbiont from an
interstellar microbe. Cabot's symbiont physically altered the human
race, precluding the ability to reproduce, and turned much of Earth's
landscape into a barren wasteland.
I hope I don't see these as 'proof' on some wacko's Facebook page - ha!
... trying to imagine salesman techniques for selling a family fall-out shelter(?) Was there a Wilford Brimley type who spoke gently of responsibilities and a divine duty to survive?
Alternatively was there was a maniac, beatnik George Carlin type; reciting Ferlinghetti poetry. Spouting beat " The End of ALL - Daddy-O! Not just the end of the movie or the end of the road - but the end of all things. The complete and total...POW!"
... part of one of the proposed projects for the Air Force Gemini project (manned). Addressing a need for (?) Multiple launch sites; this being outside of the continental US (Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands) about as remote as you can get! Alternate launch site; for Polar orbit?
The separate Air Force manned space program (Dyna-Soar, Blue Gemini, MOL) never got off the ground (all puns intended)!
Sending Godzilla into orbit... ah, humanity safe at last!
... DoD illustration (Gordon Phillips) of 'Project Pluto' nuclear powered ramjet. This was an idea for an unmanned 'SLAM' ( Supersonic Low Altitude Missile). After disposable booster rockets got it aloft and up to supersonic speeds an unshielded light-weight atomic reactor became the heat source for the Mach 3 ramjet. No conventional fuel was needed. Range and time aloft was virtually unlimited.
The design called for a payload of multiple atomic weapons which could be ejected at given points on various targets along the flight plan. Just the shockwave of the vehicle passing over at tree-top level at Mach 3 could kill you. Then there was the matter of that unshielded reactor irradiating and poisoning large swaths of land as it criss-crossed across the USSR. Nicknamed 'the flying crowbar' a swarm of these death birds could continue operating weeks after anyone was left to kill or care. The Pentagon abandoned plans for the locomotive sized missile after analysis concluded it was just too ... crazy!
Recently Russia has been looking into cheap and scary new ways to intimidate US and Nato; their SSC-X-9 Skyfall is a rebirth of the basic concept.Dr. Strangelove would approve!
In 1958 a science-fiction movie was madewith a suspiciously similar 'monster'LINK