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1943 - 1945 Los Alamos Home Movies

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In 1943, the top scientists from the United States and other nations gathered in Los Alamos, NM for the Manhattan Project. Among them was physicist Hugh Bradner. With informal permission from the U.S. Army, he shot a collection of home movies of life in a place that officially didn't exist, and of people working on a project that ultimately changed history. His footage represents the only look at life in the Los Alamos area during that time.  I understand that there exist about 4 hours of film.  Here are the first 10 minutes to be released.  I can't wait to see the rest.

My dad, Dr. DeForest Lord Jr. was the first civilian dentist in Los Alamos. In 1946, he, my mom and one year old me moved to Los Alamos where we lived until early 1948. My earliest memory is sitting on the floor of our converted barracks home playing with a red toy truck. During the next 5 years we regularly went to Los Alamos to visit my parents friends. They partied there, worked there, skied there, hiked there and passed it all on to me. These images are very dear to me.

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Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

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  • Comment Link Jerry Kerr Wednesday, 12 June 2013 03:05 posted by Jerry Kerr

    This is wonderful, with insights into both the work lives and the personal lives of the scientists and their families. Thanks, Mike.

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