Civil Defense: The Sheltered Life

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In Miller's Cafeteria, in downtown Denver, four young women met for the afternoon coffee break—and almost immediately began talking about what weighed heaviest on their minds. Said Louise Epperson, a bank clerk: "I'd just as soon be killed as come out of a shelter and see the country desolated.'' Gail Pitts, an account executive with a public relations firm, felt differently. "I want to be around when it's all over," she said, "but I must admit I don't care too much about the idea of a fallout shelter. Still . ....

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