March 24, 2003

While You Were Away...

Three Mile Island
March 28, 1979

After three days of backpacking in the Cohutta Wilderness in north Georgia... three days of flooding rains... we turned on the radio when we got back to our cars and listened with our mouths open, as we learned of the worst nuclear power plant disaster in U.S. history.

Somehow, this sense of bewilderment that the world could have changed so drastically while were isolated from the shocks of civilization... it comes back to me, and I wonder: what kind of world will I return to next week? This could be the stuff of fiction...

"The four wet adventurers threw their canoes wearily on top of their cars, and collapsed in the front seats to catch up on what they had, thankfully, missed during their three days sequestered in the midst of the serene and massive swamp. Fred turned on the ignition, then the radio. There was nothing but silence. AM. FM. The entire spectrum was empty. Maybe it was the radio... a short in a fuse, perhaps. Mark turned on his radio to the same, eerie black silence. And they knew the world they left was not the world they would go home to."

Posted by fred1st at March 24, 2003 07:03 AM | TrackBack

Very H.G. Wells... scary!

Posted by: Alexandra at March 24, 2003 09:40 AM

I was at the State Forensics (public speaking) Championships in Charlottesville VA, competing in Original Oratory, when I got the news about Three Mile Island. The night before, to stave off anxiety while awaiting the next day's competition, Mrs. Conners and I went to see a Jane Fonda/Jack Lemmon movie called "The China Syndrome," in which the protagonists investigate malfeasance at a nuclear power plant that eventually leads to a near-catastrophe. It was one of the more odd coincidences I've experienced in my life.

However, I hardly think, my friend, that the current situation in Iraq will lead to the nightmare scenario you describe.

Posted by: Curt at March 24, 2003 12:30 PM

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