A Brief History of Panic: Illustrated Talk at Otis College 10/21

Los Angeles, California - October 14, 2004 - The Co-Founders of CONELRAD, an organization devoted to the celebration and examination of Cold War popular culture, will present an illustrated lecture, A BRIEF HISTORY OF PANIC: From Duck and Cover to Orange Alerts, at the Otis College of Art and Design on Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 8:00 PM in Los Angeles.

Using graphics drawn from the CONELRAD COLLECTION, an archive of more than 5,000 images, Sitz and Geerhart will take their audience on a bizarre tour through the back roads of Cold War history with a focus on the U.S. government’s Herculean efforts towards fear management during this era.

A special feature of this lecture will be the previewing of a major production history of the seminal Cold War short subject film, DUCK AND COVER (1951). CONELRAD’s Bill Geerhart has conducted extensive interviews and other original research into how this culturally significant film was made and will discuss his findings publicly for the first time during the lecture.

    Other, related topics will include:
  • How American business latched on to the power of the atom (Atomic Undergarment Company?!)

  • The impact of the Cold War on popular music (“Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb”)

  • The inside story of the “Day They H-Bombed Los Angeles”

  • Cold War nostalgia courtesy the Reagan Administration (“With Enough Shovels...”)
CONELRAD, which draws its name from the defunct national emergency broadcast system of the 1950’s and early 60’s (CONtrol of ELectromagnetic RADiation – 640 and 1240 AM), has for the last 5 years published the CONELRAD.com web site which makes available original content and archival audio-visual material celebrating “atomic culture” and the “Golden Age of Homeland Security.” In addition to providing consulting services to selected news and entertainment outfits CONELRAD co-produced the Synapse DVD release of the Cold War classic “Invasion USA” (2002) and is currently completing a 5 CD/DVD package of “Atomic Platters: Music of the Cold War” with Bear Family of Germany for a Spring 2005 release.

Lecture Details:

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PANIC: From Duck and Cover to Orange Alerts

Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 8:00 PM

Otis College of Art and Design
Ben Maltz Gallery, Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Ph. 310-665-6905
E-mail: galleryinfo@otis.edu

CONELRAD CONTACT INFORMATION
bill.geerhart@conelrad.com
http://www.conelrad.com





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