Ed Kociela – Downwinders … the play

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According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, approximately 15,000 Americans have been killed by the worst attack ever on American soil, an attack that lasted from 1951 until 1992.

They are Downwinders, the victims of radioactive fallout that fell from the sky as a result of the nuclear detonations that took place at the Nevada Test Site during the Cold War.

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On Dec. 7, 1941, 353 Japanese aircraft stormed the shores of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise attack left 2,395 Americans dead. It was the third-worst attack ever on American soil.

On Sept. 11, 2001, two commercial airliners slammed into the World Trade Center, one was crashed into the Pentagon, and passengers forced a fourth to crash into a field in rural Pennsylvania, killing 2,996 Americans, the second-worst attack ever on American soil.

According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, approximately 15,000 Americans have been killed by the worst attack ever on American soil, an attack that lasted from 1951 until 1992.

They are Downwinders, the victims of radioactive fallout that fell from the sky as a result of the nuclear detonations that took place at the Nevada Test Site during the Cold War.

A report released by the National Cancer Institute in 1997 revealed that atmospheric tests at the Nevada Test Site dropped high levels of radioactive iodine-131 across a large area of the continental United States. It also estimates that doses received in tests conducted in 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1957 in particular, were large enough to produce 10,000 to 75,000 additional cases of thyroid cancer in the U.S.

The Scientific Research Society published a report in 2006 that estimates approximately 22,000 additional radiation-related cancers and 2,000 additional deaths from radiation-related leukemia are expected to occur in the United States because of external and internal radiation from both Nevada Test Site and global fallout.

The contaminants would show up in the hay and grasses the goats and cows would feed on and transfer into the milk they gave, which was then fed to our babies, our children.

The poison fell on crops, into streams and rivers, and was inhaled by those who played and worked outdoors.

Ed Kociela is an acclaimed writer whose work has bridged many aspects of the media world. As a newspaperman, he won numerous awards from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. He now works as a freelance writer and weekly columnist for STGnews, an online news outlet. His career includes newspaper, magazine, and broadcast experience as a sportswriter, rock critic, news reporter, columnist, blogger, and essayist. Over the years, his work has been featured in myriad publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Herald-Examiner to US magazine and GOAL!, the magazine of the National Hockey League. He has also worked in entertainment media. His play, "Downwinders," was one of only three presented for a series of readings by the Utah Shakespeare Festival's "New American Playwright Series" in 2005. "Downwinders" is also available on Amazon.com. Kociela has also written two screenplays. "plygs" is the culmination of his 16-year career as a newspaper reporter, columnist, and city editor in St. George, Utah, which is located about 45 minutes from the community along the Utah-Arizona state line upon which his novel is based. He is now working on a book about his days as a rock music critic in Los Angeles, with stories about some of the greatest names in rock 'n' roll--from George Harrison to Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Frank Zappa, Peter Frampton, Eric Clapton and many others.

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