Greg Bales

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The 1965 Missile Silo Fire in Searcy, Arkansas

In Command and Control Eric Schlosser tells a history of twentieth-century America’s nuclear program through the deep reporting of a single accident, a fire, that occurred in a Titan II missile silo in Damascus, Arkansas, in 1980. Schlosser’s tale of the broader history can at times be tedious but is never unimportant; his reporting of the accident at the silo can be intense.

Screen shot of a plaque commemorating those who died in the 1965 accident Early in the book, however, Schlosser turns to another accident, another fire, which happened at another silo in Arkansas in 1965. That silo was in Searcy, my hometown. Fifty-three workers died in that accident, many of asphyxiation; one of them was a great-uncle, my great-grandfather’s brother William Holden. Below the fold I quote Schlosser at length as he tells the story of that accident.

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  • An Evening with Benny Hinn

    When I was in college at a small, conservative Christian school in Arkansas, my friend Johnny convinced me and another guy, who we called “Red,” to see the televangelist Benny Hinn in Memphis. Despite the fact that we weren’t charismatics—quite the opposite, in fact—Johnny said that seeing the Holy Spirit in action was a far better use of our time than seeing Eyes Wide Shut, and he added, half joking, that our university would surely approve. So we climbed into my 1987 Crown Vic and drove east, crossed the Mississippi River, and made our way to our fourth church service of the week.

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