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    For the family of C.A. Keller Director of the Division of Production Research for the?

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    Background: For the family of C.A. Keller Director of the Division of Production Research for the Oak Ridge operations office of the Atomic Energy Commission, this day started off as a normal day in the normal lives of a normal American family. Mom put ice in the soft fruit drinks, Pop went down to the basement workshop to do a little home carpentry on the power unit most American men have installed for 'do-it-yourself' relaxation, Junior, and his sister, mat and read, while big sister got on with her housework in her bedroom, Mom put the washing in the washing machine ... all was normal.

    Until the man from the Atomic Energy Commission moved in, to start tests to determine how safe the house would be in the event of much-feared atomic attack.

    The house was speedily evacuated under supervision of the National Laboratory experts, and counters to determine strength of fall-out were installed in all the key points of the home - in the living room, the bedrooms, the kitchen, the bath room. From these counters wires ran to outside meters, and simulated fall-out was then radiated at the house.

    These are the vital questions this research seeks to answer.

    Where is the safest spot inside such a home
    What form of construction gives best protection
    What effect do furnishings, foliage, plant life have on fall-out absorption...?
    The Keller home was selected from sixty volunteers - before the tests began all neighbouring houses were evacuated. Officials have said there will be no lasting effect of this radiation, but as Mrs Keller goes back into her home, she must be wondering.

    Details of the results will be announced after evaluation of the tests, meanwhile it's back to normal for the Kellers...

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