Titan Turnkey

A case of bizarre bargaining?

As deputy commander of a four-man Titan II missile-firing crew, 2nd Lieut. Christopher Cooke had little to do but wait for a day the world hopes will never come: when he and his superior would each turn two keys, one to open a box containing codes that would tell them whether higher orders to fire the doomsday weapon were valid, the other to trigger the missile's flight. Standing 24-hr, watches about twice a week in a silo 65 ft. below the Kansas crop lands, the officer led a life of unrelieved tedium. One day he thought of...

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