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'Manhattan' season finale fast approaching

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WGN’s new series, “Manhattan,” a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, only has two episodes left for the season.
The Los Alamos Historical Society wants to again thank everyone who comes to our viewings and discussions for contributing their thoughts, questions, and experiences.
Every week the society updates a bulletin board in the museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.
Previous episodes are discussed on the website, losalamoshistory.org, on its Facebook page and in the museum.
Join the Los Alamos Historical Society Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos from 8-9:30 p.m. for a viewing and discussion of Manhattan (TV-14 rating).
Episode 11: “Tangier”
Was there a shooting at the main gate?
Sid Liao is a fictional character, but we wanted to return to his story because of some information we recently found in the Manhattan District History commissioned by Gen. Leslie Groves in 1944. In section 4.12 of the volume on Intelligence & Security, it’s mentioned that: “Occasionally it was necessary to use firearms to stop a fleeing car or person who ignored a guard’s challenge. One such incident resulted in a fatality.” No other details are given, so we don’t know when or where this happened.
But there was a fatal shooting at a guarded gate during the Manhattan Project.
Why were they bulldozing the trees?
As stated in the episode, many new scientists and families were expected: there was actually a large increase in population in the spring and summer 1944.
In September 1944, Mici Teller organized a sit-in to save a stand of pine trees near her house.
The women sitting in chairs under the trees deterred the soldier and his bulldozer, and the Army decided to let the trees stand.
Were there security leaks to Germany?
To our best knowledge, no information passed from Los Alamos to Nazi Germany as it has during the series.
There were spies in Germany providing information to the Allies, such as scientist Paul Rosbaud, whose biography is titled The Griffin after his code name. However the Allies had little information about the German bomb program until the Alsos Mission was dispatched. Led by physicist Sam Goudsmit and Col. Boris Pash, a small team followed behind the front lines following the invasion of Italy searching for information.
At the end of November 1944, the Alsos Mission found information in Strasbourg that made it clear, for the first time, that the German program was far from being able to produce an atomic bomb.
Notables:
• Spruce Cottage was called the “WAC Shack” during the Manhattan Project.
• The history of Hold’em Poker is unclear, but the variation is commonly believed to have originated in Texas in the first decades of the 1900s, though its popularity is thanks to the World Series of Poker, which began in 1970.
• Harry Truman was not sworn in as vice president until January 1945. Roosevelt’s first VP was John Garner, in office 1933–1941 and Henry Wallace was VP 1941–1945.
• The microwave oven was developed late in 1945 after a Raytheon engineer working with radar apparatus noticed the candy bar in his pocket melted.
• Though quantum electrodynamics is most associated with the late 1940s work of Feynman, Schwinger and Tomonaga, work on quantizing electric fields was begun by Paul Dirac in the 1920s and was an active area of research before WWII. Both Heisenberg and Oppenheimer made contributions to the research.