A brief look back at the history of nuclear and thermonuclear weapons and, in particular, the accidents and near accidents that have marked their development and dispersion; the number of weapons out there and the “players” in “the game”; the rationales for keeping so many such weapons on hair-trigger alert; the efforts – successful and otherwise – to reduce their numbers and increase their safekeeping; the current state of nuclear weaponry and missile delivery systems; and what the future may hold – if there is to be a future for us. 

Stacy Wallach, Swarthmore College (’65), B.A. degree magna cum laude, history, political science, economics; U. of PA Law School (’68), LL.B.; law clerk to Hon. Milton Pollack, U.S. District Court trial judge, NY, NY. Wallach joined a NYC law firm as a business trial lawyer, ultimately becoming partner in charge of its litigation department and, 20 years later, became a senior executive of a NYC commercial real estate services firm. After raising two children in Chappaqua, NY where he and his wife lived for almost 30 years, Wallach retired at the end of 2006 and moved to the Berkshires. For the last 12 years, he’s taught real estate courses at the Elizabeth Haub School of Law of Pace University in White Plains, NY, as well as teaching occasional history courses here at OLLI.



 


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