In the beginning, there was darkness. Then Captain Rickover showed up



Having served on board five nuclear submarines and having grown up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, there has never been a moment of my life that nuclear power wasn’t a fact of life.

Since returning to the area after my second career, there are many occasions where I run into people who either worked for one of the many companies related to nuclear propulsion or had a family member that was employed as an engineer or employee. Even my Uncle Jack Patrick was intimately involved with the program from the very beginning as a machinist for Westinghouse at a place called Bettis. Bettis, of course was an old air field near McKeesport that was taken over by the agency that ultimately created the atomic fleet.

So for me, it’s hard to imagine nuclear power and not think about the Navy and my hometown.

But it wasn’t always that way.


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