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Atomic Elks: 1947

Atomic Elks: 1947

December 28, 1947. Oak Ridge, Tennessee. "Basketball. Elks Club vs. Maryville at Oak Ridge." Acetate negative by Ed Westcott, the Army Corps of Engineers photographer who documented the activities and facilities of the Manhattan Project. View full size.


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Gravid but goal-oriented

That appears to be a pregnant lady standing very close to the action over on the right, and she seems transfixed by the possibility that the long flailing arms will result in two points being scored.

A flash from the past!

While I was bit young for basketball at the time (~ a year old!), we lived there while my dad was engineering the K25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant construction.

I still remember warm, humid summer evenings, collecting fireflies. A researcher at the university studying bioluminescence paid us something like a penny apiece.

(Actually, lived there twice, a few years apart, as Dad shuttled between Oak Ridge and Hanford, WA)

Somebody has to say it:

"And boom goes the dynamite"

I saw a movie about this!

It was called 'White Men Can't Jump' featuring Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. I might visit Netflix and watch it again.

Surprised this photo exists

Given the amount of secrecy around Oak Ridge, I'm surprised it was taken. The spectators are pretty grainy, anyone able to pick out any Nobel Prize winners in the group?

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