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“The Strange Disappearance of Uncle Dudley: A Child’s Story of Los Alamos” by Inez Ross has been reissued just in time for the holidays.
The year was 1943 and the major nations of the world were embroiled in global warfare. Many of the top scientists of the world were being spirited off to a secret place to work on a project that would help end the war and change the world forever.
“The Strange Disappearance of Uncle Dudley,” is the story of wartime absence of loved ones, told from a family perspective in a Read-It-To-Me book for children. It features archival and modern photos of Los Alamos.
In the early 1990s, the Los Alamos Writer’s Group had summoned Lore Watt, head of Los Alamos Historical Society Publishers, to talk about the publishing process and what kinds of books the society would publish. At that time, Lore said, there were no stories for children about Los Alamos and its part in bringing World War II to an end.
Inez Ross, LAWG member, had an idea and presented a mock-up and outline to Watt who approved it and said she would submit it to the publishing committee for approval. But Watt was stricken with cancer and the project was delayed. Colleen Olinger, owner of the Otowi Station Book Store and Otowi Crossing Press, offered to publish the book.
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