New York Times: Eerie, Creepy Look at Cold War Culture

Michael Pollak's scoop on 'All Things Atomic' appeared in the Thursday, September 23, 1999 Circuits column in the New York Times' Technology section. CONELRAD was a mere "Little Boy" of just two months old when Pollak propelled our project into the limelight of printed media.

"The Arthur Godfrey public service announcement is No. 1 on the hit parade of requests by Conelrad's creators for submissions to their fledgling site, which promises an overview and a thrillingly creepy look at America's postwar atomic culture."

"This Conelrad Web site -- and remember, this is only a test -- pledges to be short on polemics (there are no discussions of Communists in the State Department) and long on films, records, television and literature."

"Polemics are hardly needed. The official Government advice speaks for itself, thunderingly obvious and laughably useless. ("Any shadow will offer protection from searing flash.") Equally interesting are the 45-r.p.m. singles titles, like "Uranium Fever" (mid-50's) by Elton Britt, who called himself the world's highest yodeler, and "Atomic Cocktail" (1945) by Slim Gaillard."

The full text of his column is available here.

[ Thursday | 23 September 1999 ]




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