I write from Santa Fe, New Mexico, where with the amazing Judge Paul Grimm, I have the enviable annual task of addressing employment law specialists about e-discovery at a venerable ALI CLE event called Current Developments in Employment Law. Here, at the charming La Fonda Hotel, I am just a steps away from 109 East Palace Street, the portal through which all civilian scientists and their families passed on their way to nearby Los Alamos. Today, Los Alamos is world famous for the role it played in the creation of the atomic bomb; but back in 1943, Los Alamos was the most closely guarded secret in the world. You couldn’t even send mail there. All communications came addressed to “Box 1663, Santa Fe, New Mexico.”
When in Los Alamos, I always visit a little gem called the Norris E. Bradbury Science Museum. The Bradbury has incomparable exhibits exploring the lives of the many ordinary and extraordinary people who changed the world at an old ranch school in the high desert. It’s also a great place to get up close and personal with a nuclear warhead. Admission is free.
It will come as no surprise that I am very fond of computers. But, you may be surprised to learn that computers played a big part in the development of the first Los Alamos A-bombs code named Fat Man and Little Boy. Los Alamos had the finest computers that money could buy. Why am I so enamored of computers from that long-ago era? Check out this clip from the new television series, Manhattan, to find out.
They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to.