A Backward Glance …

The Day After poster - Wikipedia

PPRI’s Morning Buzz
is one of my daily Must Read rituals, because it is a fascinating blend of current research and statistics about the two things we are NEVER supposed to discuss in polite company:  Religion and Politics.

However, today’s edition, after the now requisite stories about Donald Trump, immigration, and the continued dissection of the recently released 2015 American Values Studywas this little tidbit at the end:

Today we flashback to 1983, when on this day an estimated 100 million people tuned in to watch “The Day After,” a controversial ABC TV movie depicting a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The movie was thought to be so compelling that affiliates opened free 1-800 counseling lines for the premiere. In a survey taken earlier that year, a majority of Americans said a third World War using nuclear weapons was very (29 percent) or somewhat (34 percent) likely, while 34 percent said not very likely at all (Source: Harris Survey, Mar., 1983).


Flashback, indeed … I was immediately thrown back to a small town on the banks of the Mississippi, not far from where I grew up.  I worked for the local college and our family at the time included four children (ages 12, 10, 3, and four days away from a 2nd birthday).   Continue reading