Since CONELRAD's inception in 1999 we have had the great pleasure of meeting a number of kindred spirits and fellow travelers in the field of Cold War popular culture. So then, a tip of the CONELRAD fedora to the following persons who have provided aid and comfort:
Cold War historian Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi does not reside in an ivory
tower or even in an ivory fallout shelter. No, as an itinerant scholar
Ghamari-Tabrizi gets out amongst the people to share her considerable
knowledge. She has presented her lectures at numerous military and
academic institutions. She is also the author of the wonderful book The
Worlds of Herman Kahn: The Intuitive Science of Nuclear War as well as
articles that have appeared in the publications Social Studies of
Science and The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. When she is off the road,
Ghamari-Tabrizi hangs her hat in Champaign, Illinois where she is
working on her second book. CONELRAD is honored to call this independent
and entertaining historian a fellow traveler.
Michael Barson is the co-author (with Steven Heller) of the definitive Red Scare book "RED SCARED! The Commie Menace in Propaganda and Popular Culture" (Chronicle Books, 2001). Mr. Barson, who holds a PhD in American Culture, has also written the books (again with Steven Heller) "Teenage Confidential" and "Wedding Bell Blues." Mr. Barson’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and American Film and he has appeared frequently on NPR’s Fresh Air. Mr. Barson has provided CONELRAD with images from his personal collection of Red Scare imagery for portions of our Invasion USA feature.
Paul Boyer is one of the preeminent authorities on the impact of the atom on American culture. Boyer is the author of "By the Bomb's Early Light: American Thought and Culture at the dawn of the Atomic Age" (University of North Carolina Press, 1985, 1994). Prof. Boyer has been a valued supporter of CONELRAD and its mission to explore all aspects of Cold War culture. Prof. Boyer is a Merle Curti Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His other books include "When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture" and "Fallout: A Historian Reflects on
America's Half-Century Encounter With
Paul Brians is the author of "Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1954" (Kent State University Press, 1987) Brians is professor of English at Washington State University, Pullman and the author of numerous articles on the study of nuclear war in fiction. Prof. Brians has provided resource material to CONELRAD.
Mick Broderick is author of the definitive resource book on Atomic Film:"Nuclear Movies, A Filmography" (Post-Modem Publishing, 1988) and edited the book "Hibakusha Cinema: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Nuclear Image in Japanese Film" (Kegan Paul International, London, 1996). Mr. Broderick, a media analyst and lecturer in the School of Media Communications and Culture at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, has assisted CONELRAD with graphic imagery used in our atomic film features. His current project "ATOMI©ALIA: Representing Pop Culture Ephemera in the Nuclear Age" is a work in progess that promises "the often contradictory social semiotics of these material items, presented virtually on-line, promotes a challenge for scholarship to move beyond pop culture paradigms and embrace the culture of everyday life in order to explain not only the psychopathologies of nuclearism, but also the playfulness, incongruity and appropriation such artifacts evoke."
New York media artist Ethan Crenson is a contributor to the Atomic Platters section of CONELRAD. His uncanny ability to find obscure Cold War wax never ceases to amaze us. Ethan's respect for the history of the genre combined with his puckish sense of humor makes him the ideal CONELRAD partner. See Ethan's portfolio and more at his www.ethancrenson.com site.
John Gilmore, author of the definitive Black Dahlia book SEVERED, has been a CONELRAD favorite for many years. For anyone interested in the dark side of Los Angeles, Mr. Gilmore’s work is essential reading. His most recent non-fiction tome, L.A. DESPAIR, features a chapter on Atomic actress and Hollywood tragedy Barbara Payton (RUN FOR THE HILLS) which, alone, is worth the price of the book. Mr. Gilmore’s thorough and quirky journalism style is completely unique and definitely worth getting acquainted with. CONELRAD is honored to call Mr. Gilmore a friend.
Tim Goldsmith is a media researcher who assisted CONELRAD and Synapse Films in the DVD re-issue of INVASION USA (1952). Tim has also provided invaluable help with other hard-to-find Cold War artifacts. When Tim is not busy trying to track down the Arthur Godfrey doomsday message, he works as a researcher for the FOX NEWS CHANNEL.
Jayne Loader, filmmaker, author and Atomic Culture visionary was one of the earliest supporters of CONELRAD. Ms. Loader is the co-creator of THE ATOMIC CAFE, the definitive documentary on the atomic mania of the post-war era. For much more on Jayne Loader, please see our interview with her and check out her Public Shelter web site.
Tom Weaver is a Sleepy Hollow, New York-based film researcher and
historian who has provided CONELRAD with invaluable production
information and other resources for its various atomic film features. Since 1980, Tom has interviewed more than 500 actors, writers, producers and directors for a variety of nationally distributed magazines. His 14 books include "Universal Horrors", an examination of the studio's classic chillers of the 1930s and '40s.
Weaver has written liner notes, production histories and cast bios for hundreds of laserdiscs and DVDs; provided DVD audio commentaries for ATOMIC SUBMARINE, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, FIEND WITHOUT A FACE, IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE and others; and guested on movie-related documentary series on American Movie Classics and E! A recent Weaver article appears in the 2001 edition of The Best American Movie Writing, an annual publication that reprints important essays on film history. Weaver's is one of 26 pieces chosen from more than 320 books and magazines, including The New Yorker and The New York Times; previous volumes have featured articles by Steven Spielberg, Gore Vidal, Roger Ebert and Martin Scorsese. Weaver's books may be purchased through McFarland & Company.
Sameer Popat, a former Intelligence Analyst, is an independent research professional of astounding capabilities. His knowledge of the holdings and inner workings of the National Archives has helped CONELRAD find the unfindable on more than one occasion. Any serious historian or amateur sleuth requiring assistance in navigating the labyrinths of the Archives should look no further than Mr. Popat. He takes every request as seriously as you do and goes the extra mile to locate your Holy Grail.