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Los Alamos, New Mexico, is the home of the first atomic bomb.  Now, in addition to Los Alamos National Laboratory, which continues to do classified work at that location, there exists what would have been unthinkable during World War II:  A museum.  The Bradbury Science Museum has historical exhibits relating to the creation of the first atomic weapons along with interactive examples of current work the Lab is doing.  Among all the hardware exhibits, some of whose photos will appear in these phosphors later, was a book.  Its plastic laminated sheets had facsimiles of the security badges of every participant in that historic endeavor.  In the best tradition of espionage, I photographed them.  Today, a break from my wordy blogs.

Los Alamos badges part 1 Louis ALVAREZ
Richard FEYNMAN
Enrico FERMI
Gen. Leslie R. GROVES
Edward TELLER
Klaus FUCHS
Emil J. KONOPINSKI
Los Alamos Badges part 2 J. Robert OPPENHEIMER
Norman RAMSEY
Emilio SEGRE
Robert SERBER
Stanislaw M. ULAM
John R. von NEUMANN
Victor WEISSKOPF
Robert R. WILSON

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Another Hewlett-Packard memory.  The HP 9831A computer was a BASIC version of the HP 9826A computer that used the elegant hpl language.  The BASIC version lacked elegance and utility, but at least it was slow and ineffectual.  However it made up for all the above by its lack of versatility.  I may be the only person on earth who bought an HP 9831A, and then only because I liked the furniture it came on, which I use as my desk to this very day.

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