Here’s a crazy story unrelated to anything. I can’t confirm or deny it but have no reason to believe that it’s not true.

I started talking to a guy at work about sending my girls to college.  I joked (kind of) and said that they can go anywhere as long it’s Cal Poly or MIT or Johns Hopkins. He perked up and said “Oh! I went to Cal Poly  and so did my dad.”

He went on:

“Here’s a story about my dad. I always knew that he worked at Los Alamos on the atomic bomb project. He knew lots of the famous guys there and said it was a great time. Science was everything. Here’s something crazy. I knew he had secrets. He worked on high-level kind of stuff his whole life. But when he died – and he made me swear never to say anything about this until it was okay to do so – he told me that he made the detonators for the first bomb dropped in Japan. ”

Wow. The people you meet.

14 thoughts on “Atomics

  1. I am at NIST at the NCNR, I am the program manager for training, dosimetry and portable instrumentation programs. We have a small 20 MW research reactor.

  2. I started to blog, since people at work kept asking. I write a monthly column in my professions newsletter (health physics), but am limited to word count and only 2 pages. With images of stamps, that cuts down on the text section. So my blog enables me to have unlimited words.

  3. Yes, I read that somewhere also. a good approach is to use the ploy: The 10 best or 5 best items or 5 ways to do something, etc. I came across a book at the bookstore that had the title, How to blog a book. Really good advice within. Of course I am not attempting to do this, but I was looking for additional insight into blogs. Actually I was looking for a book on Wikipedia. There is not one out there.

  4. I asked about the fellow from Los Alamos since I enjoy writing biographical articles for Wikipedia. Especially and almost exclusively when I have trouble locating any information on my initial researches. Then I have found another person to write about. If you have read anything on Wikipedia regarding the pioneers of x-rays, then I probably wrote that person’s biographical article. Almost every article concerning the pioneers in Australia! I am that person that goes to page 10-20 on Google searches. Sometimes I only have a photograph to get me started!

  5. Thank you for your kind comments about my stamps. I enjoy your insightful articles. Very visual with words. My site, Blog, ah yes, need to do some editing and further posting. My girls, ages 9, 11, and 12, tell me that my blog posts are too long. So what I have decided to do is make my posts shorter! I will rewrite and make each blog post about each stamp, in most cases anyway. I had great fun and joy with telling the Pitchblende story. With all of my researches, I have never encountered this story the way I was able to tell the story. What fun.

    1. Keep up with the stamps. I try to get one of my eight year olds to collect them and they roll their eyes like I’m daft. I had some advice about my blog this week from an unsolicited expert: make your headlines more exciting! Make them pop! Oh well. Maybe he has a point.

  6. Yes, I find this interesting. Do you happen to have the man’s name and the name of his father. I have written about some of the people at Los Alamos and Oak Ridge.

    1. I only know his first name and don’t see him often. Will try to find out something more…Interesting, huh? And BTW – I love your use of stamps on your site.

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