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Did You Watch ‘The Day After’ on TV 30 Years Ago Today?

It’s amazing how different we think 30 years later. I remember vividly at the age of 11 watching the made for TV movie, ‘The Day After’ 30 years ago today. For those who are too young or don’t remember, it was about a nuclear holocaust here in the U.S.

Thankfully the U.S. and Soviet Union knew that there would be worldwide devastation by firing those missiles at one another in real life. Over 100 million people watched that movie special on ABC 30 years ago.

The movie is basically about the outbreak of nuclear war and takes place in Kansas. The scene that sticks out to me the most is the one of the grocery store being mobbed to get supplies before the city was hit.

As a kid of the 80s remembering Reagan’s words, the summits, etc., It really made me nervous at times back then. I’m thankful today the cold war is over and the threats of World War III are less likely at least at the scale seen in the movie.

Being reminded of ‘The Day After’ now, I’d like to see it again to see if it still has the same impact. In memory there are a couple of other TV movies/mini series’ in that same line or genre, ‘Amerika’ from 1987 and 1983’s ‘Special Bulletin’.

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