Fallout from a TV Attack

After all the hype, The Day After raised more questions than it answered

The week after, the people of Lawrence, Kans., bustled about their business as usual. Shoppers armed with Christmas lists invaded Weaver's department store on Massachusetts Street, while cars crawled up and down the avenue in search of the elusive parking space. Harvest season behind them, farmers mended fences and tinkered with tractors. Everywhere, however, the question was the same: What did you think of The Day After, in which the town was atomized on television screens across the nation? "It showed...

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