Last Monday, my first full day in Albuquerque after my return, Diane took me to the Old Town, where we had a delicious lunch at the Church Street Cafe. In addition to a margarita I had real Mexican food: a Combination Plate comprised of chicken enchilada, pork tamale, and vegetarian relleno. Servings are very big here and very spicy. As a newcomer to Mexican food, I know I should be more careful in the future and not eat big portions, but I survived the ordeal.
The next day, Tuesday, my cracked front window shield was replaced. Meanwhile Diane and I went to see the movie 'Jobs' about Steve Jobs (1955-2011), the founder of Apple Computer. Both of us liked it and can heartily recommend it to anyone interested in focused, passionate, hard-driven personae who left this earth a very different place. Jobs had his repulsive sides but was clearly a beacon for everyone who worked with him. (Tickets cost $1 - a bargain!)
Afterwards I went to the Albuquerque Museum to see a recently opened exhibition of Afro-American art comprised of more than 100 pieces created by black artists between the 1920's and 1990's. Below you will see some photos from this interesting exhibition.
Yesterday I went to 'The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History'. Rita and I had been there in May, but there's so much to see that I just had to return. Some of you will know that Los Alamos, north of Santa Fe, was the center for development of the nuclear bombs during 1943-45. There were full-size replicas of both 'Little Boy' (dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945) and 'Fat Man' (dropped over Nagasaki three days later). There were also informative displays of the pre-history of the nuclear bombs, including information that the Danish physicist Niels Bohr came to this country in January 1939 and informed the American physics community that nuclear fission of uranium had taken place in Berlin just recently
. The overwhelming number of historians now concur that the two bombs compelled the Japanese government to surrender on August 14, thus saving hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of lives because the planned invasion of Japan on November 1, 1945, was now unnecessary. Incidentally, the museum has no information about the Soviet atomic espionage that took place in New Mexico. Klaus Fuchs, Ted Hall, and David Greenglass provided ample information to their KGB couriers during 1944-45 about the bombs being developed at Los Alamos. The Soviet plutonium bomb that was exploded in August 1949 was an exact copy of 'Fat Man'. Why this strange omission in the museum's otherwise exhaustive displays? But in the museum's shop I picked up an interesting book: E.B. Held, A Spy's Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2011. In a compact format it tells about all the conspiratorial meetings between the spies and their couriers including when and where they took place.
On Saturday the big Balloon Fiesta begins. 600 hot-air balloons will rise into the air. This promises to be a great sight. More about this later.
Those of you with a long memory will recall that I posted a blog with the above headline on June 28. I was in Washburne, North Dakota, when Michael Johnson, editor of the local Leader-News, came to interview me, while I was enjoying my stay in the city park overlooking the Missouri River. He wrote an article, which was published in a subsequent issue of the paper. Recently I (finally) requested a copy of the article, and he immediately sent it to me. I'm glad to post it on the blog today. Thanks, Vivianne and Michael!