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me? So What...
Though in case you are wondering.....
I have been collecting Civil Defense stuff for 26 years and I've been
exploring fallout shelters and bothering local emergency management people
for almost as long. My interest in Civil Defense started with my interest
in World War II when I was a kid. I guess my interest officially started
when I began noticing Fallout Shelter signs. I associated them with the
air raid shelters of World War II. The photo at right was taken in 2002.
I am standing under the Fallout Shelter sign that began all of this. This
shelter sign is located in a medical building in Dallas. I would always
check out the sign when my mom took me to the doctor. When I looked at
that sign I would always think to myself "I wonder what's down there."
My collection started in 1980 with an envelope full of CD stuff I received
from the Dallas Office Of Emergency Preparedness. My collection has been
growing ever since and has become almost unmanageable with the space I
have. I have received many generous donations from Emergency Management
folks and others over the last few years and I would like to thank all
of them. My collection wouldn't be squat without the stuff (mainly radiation
instruments) they have sent me. I have even received some items from a
couple of US Air Force bases. Thanks to everyone for everything!!! Now
if I could just find somewhere to display all this stuff.
No, I'm not a "survivalist" (whatever that is) who has a bomb
shelter in my backyard. I wouldn't mind having a bomb shelter because
it would be nice to run the family down into if there was ever a large
tornado approaching and if it was large enough it would make a cool recording
I have other interests and things going on such as World War II/Cold War/Aircraft
history, basic electronics, music (banging on a guitar, I wouldn't actually
call it playing), any mechanical nonsense (I'm a "machinist"
now but spent 12 years in the zany world of automotive service) and, of
course, my family.
One more thing...
If anyone who might be reading this is ever involved in making a Cold
War related documentary or history piece keep in mind there was so much
more to Civil Defense than Bert The Turtle and Duck And Cover. Bert's
cool but he's everywhere. I guess Bert's the most convenient thing
to pull out of the can when putting something together. That's why you
won't find Bert here because he's everywhere else.
Watt's Happening, Red River Valley Electrical Co-Op newsletter.
Interview for story about fallout shelter at Soldier Creek Resort.
Memphis Magazine. Interview for story about Memphis Civil Defense.
October 8, 2001
eWeek magazine. Site mention.
February 5, 2002
Austin American Statesman. Interveiw for article about a Thunderbolt
siren in Austin.
American Heritage Magazine Interview for story on NASK canned water.
February 15, 2003
KDFW Channel 4 News
story about my collection of stuff and this web site.
March 8, 2003
Dallas Morning News. Interview for story about the old Dallas
Emergency Operations Center at Fair Park in Dallas. Included another
trip to the old Dallas EOC.
Colorado Heritage Magazine Provided scan of poster for article
on Denver Civil Defense plan.
Bulletin Of Atomic Scientists. Provided scans of posters for article
on Civil Defense.
Poughkeepsie Journal. Interview for article about fallout shelter
supplies found in basement of the Journal's building.
May 20, 2004
The Pacific Northwest Inlander Interview and provided poster scans for
article about Civil Defense.
January 20, 2005
The Weekly News Of Cooke County Story about the Valley
View Thunderbolt siren.
November 28, 2007
The Blade, Toledo Ohio Interview for article about fallout shelters.
Some Special CDM Thanks....
Dallas Office Of Emergency Preparedness (Sent me the first pack of CD stuff
back in the late 70's)
Earl's Locksmith (Don't ask)
The two guys who bought all of Dallas' CD stuff back in, what was it, 1980?
Fort Worth Office Of Emergency Management (Keith W.)
FEMA Region 6 (John R.)
Texas Dept. Of Health Services BRC
The guy who mailed the Corps of Engineers shelter
photos to me a few years ago so I could scan them.
Sorry, but I can't recall your name.
Midland County Emergency Services
Cooke County EM, Ray Fletcher