Duck and Cover (1954)

I remember films like this. Of course, being a little younger than this film, the scare was more hydrogen bombs. My grade school years were in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis. By that time, thermonuclear weapons made the idea of Duck and Cover kind of silly. Still, I remember this film. The school must have gotten a deal on the print. I remember joking with the other kids that it wasn’t Duck and Cover anymore. The joke was “Put your head between your knees and kiss your a** goodbye”.

It became really evident by 1965 or so, that a nuclear war wasn’t survivable. Now, about 45% of the nuclear energy the United States uses comes from decommissioned nuclear weapons we buy from countries that used to be part of the former Soviet Union. They still have 2800 nukes pointed at us. We still have 2200 nukes pointed at them.

2 thoughts on “Duck and Cover (1954)”

  1. I was seven during the Cuban Missile Crisis and I remember seeing Kennedy on TV. At the time I lived in a small town in the south east corner of Kansas, my mom had a cousin that happen to come by for a visit and took us for a ride in his new car. We drove in the country and came upon a missile site that had the minute man missiles pointed south.
    I remember the duck and cover drills in the basement hallway at school. Being seven at the time I don’t remember ever being scared, it wouldn’t done any good anyway.

  2. I turned 51 yesterday. I was a baby when Kennedy got shot. I grew up on a primary target, but it was hydrogen bombs in my childhood, so Duck and Cover became obsolete. In my day, we used to say “Put your head between your knees and kiss your ass good bye”.

    There are a lot of hydrogen bombs still pointed at us. Less than it used to be. Flip a light switch and a bunch of the power you used is from the hydrogen bombs that used to be in the Ukraine, decommissioned Soviet submarines and the like.

    Watch this show. You guys did real good and you leave us with a legacy to do better.

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