“We almost lost Detroit” during 1966 reactor meltdown — Gil Scott-Heron dead at 62 (VIDEO)

Published: May 28th, 2011 at 7:57 pm ET
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We Almost Lost Detroit, Wikipedia:

We Almost Lost Detroit, a 1975 Reader’s Digest book by John G. Fuller, presents a history of Fermi 1, America’s first commercial breeder reactor, with emphasis on the 1966 partial nuclear meltdown. [...]

It took four years for the reactor to be repaired, and then performance was poor. In 1972, the reactor core was dismantled and the reactor was decommissioned. America’s first effort at operating a full-scale breeder had failed.

Spoken word and rap pioneer Gil Scott-Heron has a song titled “We Almost Lost Detroit”, dealing with the same issue. It has appeared on his 1977 album, “Bridges”.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDC_ZM48S0Y

Published: May 28th, 2011 at 7:57 pm ET
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