Nobel Week 2015

Svetlana Alexievich is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015. Alexievich is a Belarusian writer who is being recognized, according to the announcement, “”for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Especially in light of our focus on “Countdown to The Cold War” over the past year, Lofty Ambitions applauds this selection. Read an excerpt from Alexievich’s “Voices from Chernobyl” in The … Continue reading Nobel Week 2015

Countdown to The Cold War (sort of, with serendipity)

Longtime readers of Lofty Ambitions know what tremendous fans we are of the seemingly random connections of things that push their way into our lives to give us delight in the form of serendipity Over the weekend, we were co-editing a piece of writing that mentioned our parents’ exposure to duck-and-cover drills as schoolchildren. This prompted a question of when that famous film that featured … Continue reading Countdown to The Cold War (sort of, with serendipity)

Countdown to The Cold War: Jaws and the Atomic Bomb

Earlier this summer, we posted about seeing the film Jaws for its nationwide 40th-anniversary screening. One of the most memorable scenes in that film is when the three main characters—Brody, Hooper, and Quint—are sitting around on the boat drinking. Quint, the weathered captain, talks of his experience years earlier aboard the USS Indianapolis. He says: We was comin’ back from the island of Tinian to … Continue reading Countdown to The Cold War: Jaws and the Atomic Bomb

Countdown to The Cold War: The Language of Trinity

Two weeks ago, we wrote about the 70th anniversary of the Trinity test. This was the first detonation  of an atomic bomb. Being writers and lovers of words, we are following up by examining more closely the language and literature that surrounded the Trinity test and the birth of the atomic age. Here, we also take a look at some of the other intriguing facts, occurrences, and … Continue reading Countdown to The Cold War: The Language of Trinity

Countdown to The Cold War: Trinity

Seventy years ago, at a site near Alamogordo, New Mexico, a new era in human history was birthed into existence. At approximately 5:30 a.m. Mountain War Time (MWT) on July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb was detonated. In the pre-dawn hours of that long-ago July morning, a rainstorm passed through the area of the impending test. Thunder and lightning filled the skies, and members … Continue reading Countdown to The Cold War: Trinity

Countdown to The Cold War: Inside the B-24 (Photos!)

On May 10, Anna flew in a B-24, and Doug flew in a B-17. Both aircraft are part of the Collings Foundation’s tour and stopped at Lyon Air Museum. Last week, we shared the view from inside the B-17 Nine-O-Nine during a flight along the California coast. This week, we share photos taken from inside the B-24 during flight. Continue reading Countdown to The Cold War: Inside the B-24 (Photos!)

Countdown to The Cold War: June 1945

Within 4 months we shall in all probability have completed the most terrible weapon ever known in human history, one bomb of which could destroy a whole city. These words began a memo that was drafted by Secretary of War Henry Stimson and presented on April 25, 1945, to President Truman. Truman had been president less than two weeks, and, with the help of General … Continue reading Countdown to The Cold War: June 1945

Countdown to The Cold War: B-17 Flying Fortress (Videos)

On May 10, Anna flew on a B-24. Doug flew on the B-17 during its stop at the Lyon Air Museum. If you’re interested in seeing these aircraft, check the Collings Foundation SCHEDULE. If you can’t see them in person, here are videos from Doug’s B-17 ride. Though the Collings Foundation’s B-17 was built in April 1945 and, therefore, didn’t see combat, it has been … Continue reading Countdown to The Cold War: B-17 Flying Fortress (Videos)

Countdown to The Cold War: B-24 Liberator (Videos)

Last week, May 8 marked the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. In 1945, the war in Europe officially ended with the signing of the act of surrender on May 7 in France and May 8 in Germany. The war in the Pacific Theater waged on. B-24 Takeoff In August 1944, a Consolidated B-24 was built. By October, it had been delivered to the U.S. Air … Continue reading Countdown to The Cold War: B-24 Liberator (Videos)