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When I was a child, I recall seeing ads for the TV movie The Day After. I didn’t watch it, but a friend of mine did — he had a dark obsession with nuclear war. He knew all the grim possibilities, from radiation sickness to flash blindness to nuclear winter. He plotted the distance from his house to the nearest prime target (Mather Air Force Base, then home to a Strategic Air Command squadron of B-52s) and assured me that while we were far enough away to survive the initial blast we would undoubtedly receive a fatal dose of radiation from the fallout.
Thank God that never happened, but I do vividly recall that day in 2001 when a shocking terrorist attack brought down the Twin Towers, killing thousands of Americans in the carnage.More