Throwback Thursday: 'The Day After,' 25 years later
Twenty five years ago tonight, New Yorkers who turned on Channel 7 were treated to one of the most-hyped media events of the 1980s: "The Day After." The TV movie depicted what millions of Americans grew up fearing: The terrifying transformation of the Cold War into a very hot, nuclear war, with the inevitable destruction of civilization as we know it.
It's difficult to convey today just how much hysteria surrounded this movie in the fall of 1983. The buildup and fallout was tremendous: News stories, think pieces in magazines, and worried school principals dispatching letters to parents urging them to take care in how they handled the viewing of the film.
As part of our weekly Throwback Thursday feature, we figured we'd take you there. Fuzzymemories on YouTube has posted every commercial break (Commodore 64 was a big sponsor!) from the historic airing of "The Day After," along with news briefs that give you some insight into the heated discussion surrounding the film. What's more, he has included a complete episode of ABC News' "Viewpoint," a live telecast shown after the movie with notables such as celebrity astronomer Carl Sagan and Vietnam War-era Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara discussing the Cold War and the film's implications with a studio audience. Not to be missed.
Embedded above is the actual attack segment. Click HERE to see the commercials and the episode of "Viewpoint."
To get in the spirit of the anniversary, we offer some words of warning: Parental discretion advised.
-- Rolando Pujol