SEALAB's 50th Anniversary Could Use Some Celebration Too

September 22, 2014 4:24 PM

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SEALAB's 50th Anniversary Could Use Some Celebration Too

I am sorry but not too surprised that the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. Navy venture known as SEALAB seems to be passing with scarcely a tweet. Of course this year may already have given us a case of golden anniversary fatigue -- the Beatles invaded America; the first Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line; the Civil Rights Act was passed. All this and more filled the 1964 calendar against the Zeitgeist-altering backdrop of the Vietnam War, the space race and -- cue the beloved theme song -- the debut of Gilligan's Island.

But the lingering shadows of better-known milestones were not solely to blame for this summer's dearth of SEALAB tributes. The stage was set -- or, rather, not set -- a half century ago when SEALAB I, a 30-ton prototype base that looked like a stout submarine, was placed nearly 200 feet below the At...

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