Poor Man’s Fallout Shelter

Following up on my post last week about Dr. Willard Libby and his "nuclear detergent," here's Dr. Libby again, in 1961, promoting his "Poor Man's Fallout Shelter," which could also have been described as the "If you're stuck in this, you're screwed" shelter. Note that it was obligatory to wear a white tuxedo and bowtie while in the Poor Man's shelter.

The Herald (Jasper, Indiana) - Oct 5, 1961
     Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 18, 2014
     Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters | 1960s

I can well understand the white coat because white coats deflect all kinds of bad stuff like germs, viruses, chemicals, radiation, gasoline leaks, etc. I mean, why else would people wear them???
But... I don't think the tie is going to help much unless he ties it tighter in an effort to save some pain & suffering.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/18/14 at 12:25 PM
I prefer my closet full of MRI's, life straws, filtered gas masks, many various pistols and rifles, and 60,000 plus rounds of ammo so I can take what I want from others not so prepared. Pfffffttttt. 😛 :ahhh:
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 11/18/14 at 01:45 PM
Actually, he's not far off the mark for someone who may be located some distance from a blast site. It's the alpha particles emitted that does the real damage to organics and such a pit with dirt filled bags as a roof over it would reduce exposure considerably.

I do agree that I would like some of the necessities listed by BD along with me. It's not the immediate time period after an attack I would worry about.

How's the missus, BD? I've thought of you over the past few days.
Posted by KDP on 11/18/14 at 02:47 PM
If I may update for BD, wifey is doing pretty well all considered. She is coming home Friday if everything goes as planned. BD has done a great job setting up her area and providing equipment she will need to get around for a while. (no weight bearing yet) She is going to be mending for some time but will get the best of care from BD and family.
I know he appreciates everyone's love and thoughts.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/18/14 at 10:51 PM
Thanks, patty.
Posted by KDP on 11/19/14 at 09:16 AM
You have to wonder if Dr. Libby's work with radioactive materials has any connection to his hairline.

I once met an explosive ordnance disposal specialist who said "Never mess around with anything dangerous unless it's enough to kill you outright. If something goes wrong you may end up maimed for life."
The same philosophy seems to be behind the architecture of this 'shelter'.
Posted by tadchem on 11/19/14 at 02:45 PM
Kressen Kearney.
Posted by Timothy J. McCorkle on 11/22/14 at 05:30 AM
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