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7 Cold War Memories Boomers Don’t Want to Relive

Posted By Steve Mencher On March 20, 2014 @ 10:37 pm In Bulletin Today | Comments Disabled

For baby boomers [1] who grew up in the Cold War era, the latest headlines  - about the Russian annexation of Crimea and Vladmir Putin’s America-bashing speech – bring up uncomfortable memories. Who doesn’t remember that childhood fear of being herded into a flimsy bomb shelter with incoming Russian missiles overhead? As we worry about whether another Cold War could loom ahead, here are seven things we don’t miss about the first one:

1.  Duck and cover drills at school

duck and cover drill at school [2]

2.  Home nuclear fallout shelters

Home nuclear fallout shelters [3]

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3.  Mutually assured destruction: The idea that war could be avoided because anyone who started one would be blown away in the resulting firestorm.

Nuclear test 1956, Enewetak Atoll [5]

Nuclear test, 1956, Enewetak Atoll


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4. Russian bad guys (and women) in movies: Here’s Lotte Lenya as Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love.

Lotte Lenya in From Russia With Love [7]

5. The domino theory: If Vietnam fell, then Laos, Cambodia and Thailand would be next and the “dominoes” would never stop falling.

Vietnam action [8]

6. The Berlin Wall: Built in 1961.

Berlin Wall [9]

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7.  The Iron Curtain

Iron Curtain map [11]

What are you glad the end of Cold War left behind? Are you afraid we’re entering a new Cold War era? Let us know below.

Credits: Duck and cover: Bettman/Corbis; Fallout shelter: National Archives via Wikipedia; Nuclear test: National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office via Wikimedia; Lotte Lenya in ‘From Russia With Love’: Getty Images; American troops in Vietnam: National Archives via Wikipedia; Berlin Wall: Roger Wollstadt [12]/Flickr; Map of Europe: Created by BigSteve Via Wikimedia Commons


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