We would not have known where it went. Rodney Holder, Missile Combat Crew: People started showing up from base. Rodney Holder, Missile Combat Crew: From our standpoint we could stay because neither one of us had children at that time. Eric Schlosser, Author, Command and Control: Again and again in looking at these documents, you find an effort to blame the person who dropped the wrench, who used the wrong tool at a minuteman site, blew the warhead off the missile, who brought the seat cushions onto the plane that caught on fire and crashed the plane. Music By Mark Adler Edited By Kim Roberts, A. Allan Childers, Missile Combat Crew: Captain Mazzaro is crew commander.
His other writing credits include the books Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market 2003 and Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food co-written with Charles Wilson , both of which also became New York Times bestsellers. We had all these classified checklists. I thought when I jumped in my car and drove as hard as I could that I was probably outrunning a nuclear blast you know. He is not a naturally self-promoting writer. It was feared that the Soviets would have far more missiles than the United States, so we went on a huge missile-building binge. Eric Schlosser, Author, Command and Control: What they were saying is thousands of weapons in the American nuclear arsenal were vulnerable during an accident. John Moser, Commander, 308th Strategic Missile Wing: Some of the crewmembers were eager to make an exit, so with that in mind, we started discussing should we evacuate the people in the launch control center, or leave them in there.
What if I did this? I have no doubt that Jeff died from being involved in Damascus, no doubt in my mind. But every one of those weapons you build not only threatens your enemy, but poses a threat to yourself. Team Commander Command Post: What unit are you talking about sir? I came close, but no cigar. Once we closed that door, that cut off our main escape route. Whatever was going to happen was not going to be good. There were a series of blast doors: 6, 7, 8, and 9.
But a few years ago, the Department of Energy released a declassified document that said there had been more than a thousand accidents and incidents involving our nuclear weapons. If we evacuated that launch control center, we would be giving up any ability to control any of the equipment, we would be giving up the capacity to try any of the ideas that people were trying to come up with in order to save this system. The fast-food industry spends billions of dollars every year marketing unhealthy food to children. We needed to be there. They said, you only have 30 minutes of air.
Schlosser says he's influenced by writers such as Norman Mailer, Hunter Thompson and one of his Princeton professors, John McPhee, all of whom have tried to turn factual material into novelistic, page-turning books. Schlosser has a deep vein of self-discipline; like many writers, he depends on strict, almost ritualistic personal habits. Allan Childers, Missile Combat Crew: You could run through each of the tanks at each stage and see what the pressure was, and we saw that the pressure was dropping. Anything we conceived of the military wanted and money was free. In Fast Food Nation Schlosser discusses the proliferation of fast food chains and its effect on issues such as health, the economy, and working conditions.
Schlosser also received the Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism from the University of California, Los Angeles in the Anderson School of Management. Related Links: » Find out why the fries taste so good in from Fast Food Nation. Allan Childers, Missile Combat Crew: Before you left the base, they gave you some codes that gave you access to the complex. I was the new guy. In recent years, two of Schlosser's plays have been produced in London: American 2003 at the Arcola Theatre and We the People 2007 at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
Directors of Photography Paul Goldsmith, A. Oh the scrubbing was immensely painful. And Skip says, we have a problem. Schlosser has addressed the United States House of Representatives and Senate about the risk to the food supply from bioterrorism and has lectured at universities across the country, including his alma mater Princeton University, the University of California at Berkeley, Yale University, College of the Holy Cross, and Claremont College. Harold Brown, Secretary of Defense: Why was it still in the arsenal? John Moser, Commander, 308th Strategic Missile Wing: Those guys were brave. And then a stream of fuel coming out of the missile.
Rodney Holder, Missile Combat Crew: that day, September 18th we find out that they have a problem with the oxidizer tank, that the pressure is a little bit low. For me it's interesting as a way of looking at how we've dealt with non-conformists in the past 20 years. Trinity Test Site, New Mexico, July, 1945 Eric Schlosser, Author, Command and Control: From the very beginning of the atomic age, there has been a sense of this immense power just being on the verge of slipping out of our control. And you basically drown in your lungs if you breathe enough of it. And so instead of sending somebody back to get the torque wrench, I grabbed the ratchet to do that.