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Atomic Museum's Ten Seconds' Still Shake the World ll-n'T png - - - t,; .1 XaJPiNAL PHOTO dH.AN WALKI Eugene Ditrick DECISION TO DROP THE BOMBS, a special exhibit in the lobby of the National Atomic Museum at Kirtland AFB, will open Tuesday, the 40th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, and continue through Oct. 12. Panel discussion 10 a.m. Tuesday with University of New Mexico provost and Manhattan Project veteran McAllister Hull Jr. discussing "Feelings of Lower Echelon Los Alamos Personnel on Using the Bomb:" and UNM professor and author Michael Welsh examines "Political and Foreign Policy Aspects of the Bomb." Special films will aUo be shown throughout the month. By Bob Groves JOURNAL ARTS WRITER Albuquerque's longest running film has never played a first-run moyie theater. But it has had approximately 16,380 screenings three to four times a day, seven days a week, 361 days a year since it opened in October, 1969. The film is not "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" or any other midnight cult classic. There is plenty of horror m it, though; as well as a cast of thousands and lots of True Life Adventure. And death. Its temperamental "star" cost the United States $2 billion. The movie is "Ten Seconds That Shook the World," the 50-minute documentary film about the first atomic bomb, which is shown daily at 10:30 a.m., and 2 and 3:30 p.m. at the National Atomic Museum at Kirtland Air Force Base. (The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter and Thanksgiving.) "It's the best movie on this subject that was ever produced. We -.vere lucky to get it. It's tailor-made for the exhibit i here," said Eugene B. Ditrick, the museum's first curator and now a once-a-week docent, tour guide and projectionist. , Ditrick, 67, is a retired Army career man who grew up on a farm near Columbus, Ohio. His grandfather changed the family name from Dietrich to Ditrick to make it "more American." He is not related to the German actress Marlene Dietrich; but he was her escort once. One night in 1943, they stood together on the sidewalk in downtown Naples, Italy, and watched the German bombs drop. About 150,000 people are expected to come through the museum this year, according to museum director Joanie Hezlp. . "The people who come through here feel as I do, that it's an honest film. The Japanese like it for its honesty. I'd guess that we get 10-15,000 Japanese a year here," said Ditrick. "Ten Seconds That Shook the World" s a 1963 film written, directed and produced by Alan Landsburg and narrated in stentorian tones by the late actor Richard Basehart. The executive producer was David Wolper who produced the TV mini-series "Roots" and the extravaganzas which opened and closed the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Hollywood's nuclear holocaust movies from "On the Beach" to TV's "The Day After" pale next to "Ten Seconds." It's hard to top a film showing real people and the actual events, especially in stark, grainy black and white. According to a disclaimer, a few minutes of the film were reenacted after the fact when historic footage was not available. Nevertheless, it is a gripping, comprehensive " albeit somewhat biased movie. (Shots of a devastated Hiroshima, for instance, are conspicuously without victims and carnage.) It does show how global politics and science dovetailed to push man into the atomic age. The script and Basehart's narration are just melodramatic enough, beginning with the portentous introduction that the atomic bomb is among "the handful of climactic events in man's 5,000 years of recorded history." The opening scene shows 29-year-old Col. Paul Tibbets, commander of the B-29 bomber Enola Gay which dropped the "Little Boy" bomb on Hiroshima, offering his flyers a chance to drop out of the impending mission which contains "mystery and possible danger." A capsule history then traces the Atomic Age from the work of Einstein, Madame Curie, Ernest Rutherford and MORE: See MUSEUM S on PAGE E2

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  1. Albuquerque Journal,
  2. 04 Aug 1985, Sun,
  3. Page 49

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