In 1961 Berlin built a wall and the Kennedy Administration initiated a nationwide shelter program. Controversy erupted over relying on shelters as a panacea. From this magazine's point of view, “Fallout shelters are unquestionably being built. Since the dominant material will almost inevitably be concrete, it is our earnest hope that the quality of the concrete and the craftsmanship of those who do the work will reflect credit on our industry.” One of the articles in the January 1962 issue, which focused on survival shelters, advised that “the purchaser might be inclined to do business with someone who can deliver a completely furnished shelter. The contractor therefore should be prepared to answer questions and to extend further services after the shelter is in the ground.”
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