September, 1949. A-Bomb Calling.

My father addressed several skeptical remarks to no one in particular at the dinner table after the announcement by President Truman that the Russians had exploded an atomic bomb. They wouldn’t be able to get one over here. They had faked the test. They wouldn’t have been able to do it without secrets they had stolen from us. I sensed the uneasiness and futility of his words. There would be a new reality, after all.

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