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Internal Dissent and Regrouping

  • Martin Harwit

Abstract

In mid-February 1994, just after the first draft of the Crossroads script had been circulated within the museum and to the Air Force Association, Sandy Murdock got in touch with me. An attorney specializing in matters of aviation and an enthusiastic museum docent who volunteered his services as a guide on weekends, he had become a good friend. Now he sent me an unsigned, four-page, single-spaced diatribe he had found pinned to a bulletin board in the docents’ meeting room. The distribution list showed it had been sent to Secretary Adams, several regents, a dozen members of the House and Senate, editors of aviation magazines, former directors of the museum, Washington mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, Monroe Hatch, General Paul Tibbets—but unfortunately not to me. Secretary Adams’s office had not forwarded a copy either, though normally such documents were. Perhaps his staff considered it a crank letter since it was unsigned.1

Keywords

Secret Message Atomic Bomb Military Historian Distribution List Strategic Bombing 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    Sandy Murdock to Martin Harwit, unsigned, undated document, telefaxed February 14, 1994, in the author’s possession.Google Scholar
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    Martin Harwit, letter to Frank Rabbitt, March 14, 1994, NASM/MH. Google Scholar
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    See (Biloxi, Mississippi) Sun Herald, Bob McHugh, “Space Museum has a bomb planned for Aug. 6,†May 6, 1994; Opinion column, “Museum’s exhibit should upset World War II vets and the rest of us,†May 24, 1994.Google Scholar
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    Martin Harwit, letter to Frank Rabbitt, June 17, 1994, NASM/MH. Google Scholar
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    Tom Crouch to Martin Harwit, Memorandum on “Reaction to Crossroads,†March 31, 1994, NASM/MH. Google Scholar
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    Hugh Sidey, “War and Remembrance,†Time (May 20, 1994): 20.Google Scholar
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    Hugh Sidey, letter to Frank Rabbitt, May 24, 1994, in the author’s possession.Google Scholar
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    Kathy Boi, letter to Martin Harwit, April 5, 1994, NASM/MH. Google Scholar
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    William G. Hulbert, letter to Robert McC. Adams, undated, but received April 12, 1994, NASM/MH; Martin Harwit, letter to William G. Hulbert, April 14, 1994, NASM/MH. Google Scholar
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    Martin Harwit, letter, to William G. Hulbert, April 14, 1994, NASM/MH. Google Scholar
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    Robert McC. Adams, letter to Honorable G.V. “Sonny†Montgomery, April 12, 1994. NASM/MH. Google Scholar
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    Martin Harwit, “Comments on Crossroads,†April 16, 1994, NASM/MH. Google Scholar
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     William M. Constantine, “Report of the National Air and Space Museum Review Team: Exhibit Script—Crossroads: The End of World War II, the Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War,†May 25, 1994, AFA, The Enola Gay Debate, Tiger Team, May 1995.Google Scholar
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