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Sunday, 8 October 2023
Los Alamos National Laboratory Historian and Dick Groves in Oak Ridge

During the week of October 2, 2023, Alan Carr, Brye Steeves, Julie Maze (all from Los Alamos National Laboratory with Alan being the Historian), and Dick Groves (Grandson of General Leslie R. [Dick] Groves,) all visited Oak Ridge. I was pleased to be their host.

Dick toured museums on Tuesday, while I taught a Life Long Learning class at Crossville's Roane State Community College location.

Alan presented a talk and toured Y-12's production facilities. At 7pm Tuesday evening, Alan and Brye spoke at the Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association at the Oak Ridge History Museum. Here is a link to Alan and Brye's presentation:

Wednesday, we formed a panel at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to serve as the wrap up event for their 80th anniversary year activites. We also toured the Graphite Reactor, the High Flux Isotope Reactor, the Spallation Neutron Source (where the panel was held for 150 ORNL employees in person and over 200 people online).

Thursday began with Alan and I doing an interview with Alan Lowe, Director of the American Museum of Science and Energy for their AMSE Cast podcast. Then we joined Dick and Julie for a tour of Y-12's Buidling 9731 and the Chestnut Ridge overlook. Dick was able to confirm details needed for his 13 one-hour documentary programs focused on the years just prior to the Manhattan Project and the years during World War II. 

It was a delight to host these special guests to Oak Ridge. Here is a link to some photos from the time they were in Oak Ridge:


Posted by smithdray at 3:52 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 8 October 2023 3:56 PM EDT

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