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Antique Spark Plug Exhibit

ABQ Main Library 5th&Copper NW

Installed in the lobby of Albuquerque's Main library through the end of January is a fascinating collection of vintage spark plugs from the mid 19th and 20th centuries. There's one for a Maytag washing machine, one made with polonium and a few manufactured in Albuquerque past and present. The exhibit represents a fraction of the thousand plus plugs in Bill LaRue's collection. Check out the Spark Plug Collectors of America for more and definately read about the Coso Artifact from the depths of time.

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Fat Man and Little Boy go camping in Chimayo

This Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, with the anniversary of Nagasaki's bombing on Monday. To protest the continued procurement of nuclear weapons, Think Outside the Bomb are camping near Los Alamos. Their website, has directions to the camp if anyone out there is looking to make their weekend in the woods more politically active.

If you're not real outdoorsy, check out John Hersey's Hiroshima. It's an amazing book, which appeared as an article in the New Yorker's August 31, 1946 issue. In fact, it was such a powerful story, editors dedicated the entire issue to it, forgoing their cartoons or any other articles.

Another of my faves about the aftermath of World War II is John W. Dower's Embracing Defeat. It's not an uplifting book but it creates a vivid post-war world in your mind.

Of course, 65 is often cited as retirement age (though that's not exactly true these days), which gives Think Outside the Bomb's protest a little more of a "Happy Retirement Fat Man and Little Boy" feel.