Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Open up something and find 1960 inside

From LRC: prepping in the ’50s. Fallout shelter as time capsule.


For more than a decade after they moved into their house in Neenah, Wisconsin, the Zwick family knew they had a Cold War bunker in their backyard.

It was not until 2010 that anyone thought to open the heavy steel hatch, climb down the ladder and explore the 8-foot-by-10-foot chamber that the home's previous owner had built to protect his family from a nuclear attack. Floating in five feet of water that had seemed into the bunker were sealed U.S. Army boxed packed with all of the supplies a family would need to survive two weeks underground.

The family donated all of the items to the Neenah Historical Society, which has curated an exhibit about the Cold War and the fear of the Soviets using 'the bomb.'
Similar thing happened with the Buried Car publicity stunt: a new ’57 Plymouth in a vault but the vault flooded; the car was ruined.

Reminds me: shows besides ‘Crime Story’ and ‘Mad Men’ set in the golden era, most of which I’ve watched regularly. Bit condescending in a boomer liberal way, and not as well made, but they were there.






  • ‘Oliver Beene’: ‘The Wonder Years’ played for laughs in the era, starring Grant Shaud from ‘Murphy Brown’ and Wendy Makkena (the cutesy sidekick from Sister Act) adorable as a Laura Petrie type.
  • ‘American Dreams’: mainstream lefty nostalgia (weird in itself, like they’re doing an end-zone dance over what they destroyed) with preposterous plots (son MIA in Nam escapes and comes home after a year; yeah, right) and a heroine with anachronistic hair. But you had ‘Bandstand’ (fudging the history: it left for LA in ’64) and other good stuff.
  • Hiatus temporary replacement/copycat ‘Mad Men’ 1: ‘Pan Am.’ Not Emmy bait but an entertaining stand-in with pretty girls.
  • Hiatus temporary replacement/copycat ‘Mad Men’ 2: ‘The Playboy Club.’ Canned after three episodes. Starring a Draper lookalike, of course some hot chicks, and PC plausible deniability in the plot (which makes weird sense considering how the left sometimes loves Hef for attacking bourgeois morals, then goes all puritanical when they get hurt by the new).
  • Haven’t had a chance to watch it much but like it: ‘Vegas’.

1 comment:

  1. Our house has a tiny bomb shelter, useful as a cellar but really uninhabitable by five people for more than half an hour if that. The fact that the roof is overbuilt (to withstand blast pressure, don't you know) was helpful when the maple tree feel on it, though: damage to the front was relatively minor, and in the back the tree just rolled off. Back I high school I helped empty out the bomb shelter there of the twenty year old CD supplies.

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