Come out for a screening of "A Day Called X" (a 1957 film about civil defense shot in Portland) and "Dr. Strangelove."
Then, the presenter will talk about civil defense in Portland.
In Stanley Kubrick's Cold War satire, U.S. President Merkin Muffley is on the hot line to Moscow with some rather embarrassing news for the Soviet premier: "Hello, Dimitri....I'm fine....Now then, you know how we've always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the bomb....The bomb, Dimitri. The hydrogen bomb....Well, now, what happened is that, uh, one of our base commanders...he went a little funny in the head....and he went and did a silly thing....He ordered his planes to attack your country." A comedy about an accidental nuclear attack? One that ends with total annihilation, thermonuclear apocalypse? Preposterous! Stanley Kubrick thought otherwise. In the end his thinking prevailed. The mad saga revolves around a psychotic Strategic Air Command officer, Gen. Jack D. Ripper, who lets loose his B-52 bomber squadron on the Soviet Union. Ripper takes this unilateral action because of his paranoid belief that Communists are sapping and contaminating "all our precious bodily fluids" as part of their plan to take over the world." Unbeknownst to Ripper, his attack will trigger the Russian's ultimate weapon, the Doomsday Machine, a diabolical retaliatory device set to blow up the planet.
"This is the land, between the mountains and the sea. From the snow-capped crater of Mt. Hood, to the Pacific. It's tall timber country, and this is the city, largest dry cargo port on the Pacific Coast. Its people are friendly, and rugged in the tradition of the Oregon Trail. And the population, around 415,000 more or less. More or less the population of Hiroshima. And this is what happened, or could happen on a certain day called X." This opening description, provided by prolific celebrity Glenn Ford, offers a flattering portrait of Portland, Oregon which is accompanied by equally enriching cinematic shots of the landscape and bustling industry. At the same time, however, Ford works in references to Hiroshima, giving ominous hints as to what awaits Oregonians on the day called X.