Ground Observer Corps

Quotes from Peter Byrne, The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family

p. 44 “Like hundred of thousands of young people in the early 1950s, Nancy volunteered with the Ground Observer Corps, watching the skies for Russian bombers. Because radar systems could not track airplanes flying under 4,000 feet, volunteer clubs were tasked by civil defense agencies to monitor the night skies, especially in states that bordered oceans.  … Even prison inmates and Catholic monks meditating on mountaintops were recruited to watch the heavens for enemy aircraft.”

p. 44 “Non only was it technologically futile, but conventional sexual morals were, no doubt, tested as legions of young watchers stayed up all night, lying on their backs in the dark, staring at the starts.”

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