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Re: “I survived Three Mile Island

March 29. 1979 I was a freshman at Lower Daulphin High School in Hummelstown. My sister brought me home from school because I was sick. As we drove along 441 by "the island", she commented about wondering what everyone was protesting this time. I litterally lived up a hill from TMI behind the observation center. I got home, went to bed and did not find out what was going on until Thurday, the next day. Friday I went back to school and they had shut down the pay phones for outgoing calls. The rummors were horrific. Finally, my mom came to pick me up. We were taking my oldest sister and her two preschoolers out of the area. There was a volunary evacuation of pregnant women and preschool children to Hershey (as if that was really far enough away if anything really happened). Irony: We went NW of Pittsburg to my other sister's home. Her husband was a concrete inspector at Shippenport Neuclear Power plant which was closed at the time because it could not withstand a flood and earthquake at the same time.

I refused to stay long enough to see Pres. Carter tour the area. I was too scared and wanted out. Looking back, if he was there, it was safe.

Remember the old alphabet jokes?

Q: How many letters in the alphabet?

A: 20 - TMI blew up and wiped the USA off the map.

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Posted by TerriR on 04/19/2010 at 11:35 AM

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