In 1957, Joel Healy witnessed one of the largest nuclear tests ever conducted on U.S. soil.
Healy was in the U.S. Army, stationed in the Nevada desert north of Las Vegas at Camp Desert Rock. He was 17 years old and a private first class at the time.
Healy drove dump trucks, moved materials, and built structures, like houses, that would be destroyed by the explosions so the Army could study the effects of a nuclear blast. He also helped build the towers where many of the bombs were detonated.
Do you like to run? Do you like to row? Would you like to do both on the same day? You can on October 27 when the Clermont Crew presents the Head of the Hidden Dragon event at East Fork State Park. There is a 5000 meter rowing competition, then later there’s a 5K run and festival.
If you aren’t familiar with the 1954 Kaiser-Darrin Roadster, then the Cincinnati Art Museum is ready to play show and tell. This limited edition (435 were made) automobile recently won the 2012 Cincinnati Art Museum’s Artistic Beauty Award at the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance and is on display until early January.
Time for the Sixth Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival on Saturday, October 20. This free, family-friendly event features over 100 national and regional authors, panel discussions, book readings and a fun kid’s zone. Mark Perzel talks with two of the event organizers, Melissa Norris and Sandy Bolek, about some of the authors coming this year, the growth of the event, and plans to relocate the event to The Banks.
The tight economy and rising prices hit everyone and every business, even a national park. Joining Thane Maynard this week is Ken Barrett from the Yellowstone Park Foundation, talking about the need for private funding to help maintain the beauty and integrity of the park. He also talks about his work with the fish population there and the increase in non-native species which are impacting the ecosystem of the native cutthroat trout.