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3 Mile Island - April 3, 1979

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Published on Dec 26, 2008

In the beginning of April, 1979, the 3 Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant was having major problems w/ its cooling towers & an explosion seemed possible. I was a member of the guerrilla performance group called "B.O.M.B." (Baltimore Oblivion Marching Band). We decided to go to riverside by 3 Mile Island & spontaneously perform some relevant action. The night before, we had a fervent discussion about whether this was wise or not. One fear we had is that by arriving there during curfew hours we wd be arrested & that we'd be in jail when the nuclear reactor wd blow. 6 of us went anyway: Doug Retzler (in the mylar suit), myself, Bob Dorsey (shooting super-8mm), John Ellsberry (shooting 1/2" VHS reel-to-reel using a PortaPak), Richard Ellsberry, & Grace Zaccardi (shooting 35mm stills). Our presence there was photographed by a newspaper person & then appeared in newspapers all across the US. Because we hadn't been interviewed, there was no accompanying text to go along w/ the photo so each newspaper made up its own explanation as a caption. This phenomenon then became the subject of a journalism study. - December 2008EV notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

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