20 years after The Day After

20 years after The Day After
20 years ago Thursday, ABC carried a made-for-TV-movie that influenced the nuclear arms race in a positive way. The Day After was noted in Ronald Reagan’s memoirs as changing the President’s viewpoint of what it would mean to “win” a limited nuclear war. I remember the film, the build-up, and the way I reacted inside. It was a stunning moment in the history of television, not because it was a good movie (which it wasn’t), but because of what it taught us about us. The movie was filmed in Lawrence, Kansas, and Lawrence.com takes a moment to remember this week. It’s worth reading, whether you lived through it or not.

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