I saw this photo with some news story the other day. It is from the Cold War era "Duck and Cover" drills
that kids used to do in school in the 1950s and 1960s. The idea was upon hearing the civil defense siren, you
needed to crawl under your school desk and cover your head, and remain there until the 'all clear' was given. When
I saw this picture, my first thought was how stupid the one kid must have been to have his head and back not even
under the desk. He might as well be standing in the middle of the room. Then it occurred to me --- that's probably
exactly what I did during our duck and cover drills in elementary school. Maybe that IS me in the photo. No one ever accused
me of possessing an excess of intelligence or good sense back in the day (or today for that
Duck & Cover School Drill
Duck and Cover Civil Defense Film 1950's
Posted on July 16, 2015
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