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Donald Hornig, Who Baby-Sat the A-Bomb, Is Dead at 92

“In a small shed at the top of a 100-foot-tall steel tower deep in the New Mexico desert, Donald Hornig sat next to the world’s first atomic bomb in the late evening of July 15, 1945, reading a book of humorous essays. A storm raged, and he shuddered at each lightning flash.”

Donald Hornig has died at age 92. He was the last man to “baby-sit” the original A-bomb before it was detonated and changed history.


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