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Judy Blume Recommended Agenda

When: Wed., June 17 2015

In the winter of 1951-'52, in the early days of commercial air travel, there was a series of plane crashes in Elizabeth, New Jersey, which was directly on the flight path for takeoffs and landings at nearby Newark Metropolitan Airport. Two of the emergency landings were in residential neighborhoods and killed people on the ground as well as passengers. The residents of Elizabeth, quite understandably, freaked out. There were protests and calls to shut down the airport and wild theories, including Communist sabotage, alien invasions, and a plot against the town's children. Continue reading >>

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