March 29, 1979 was the first day of the spring term at The Pennsylvania State University--Capitol Campus. I had joined a car pool and as we drove from Lancaster to Middletown the conversation centered on the news from Three Mile Island. We were clearly unaware of the severity of the problem, but two of the riders were active in anti-nuclear energy organizations. They were grim and intense. Their central concern at the moment was how to mobilize the campus in some way to respond to the potential hazard. There was a certain deja vu in the themes of the conversation. It was the sixties again. It was the old dilemma--should universities be politically and socially active or should they be the source of knowledge and information? We did not resolve the dilemma.
"Three Mile Island - A Personal Report,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 6
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol6/iss3/2