Start of the Show, Hiroshima


Sixty-five years ago today, the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. About a decade later, NBC marked the occasion by having a survivor of the bombing on This Is Your Life, a program that would surprise its guests by reviewing the events of their lives and reuniting them with important figures from their past. Including, in this case, one of the pilots who dropped the bomb.

Yes. Really. Today CONELRAD has posted an account of the episode and the events that led to it, including some footage from the show. I recommend reading the whole thing, though not all in one sitting; you might occasionally want to get up to scream "holy fuck" or "what the fuck?" or "fuck on a fuckity fucking stick" while beating your head against the wall.