"EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT SHELTERS" proclaimed Life magazine in its January 12, 1962 issue.
Specifically, everybody was talking about nuclear fallout shelters, since both the United States and the Soviet Union had developed weapons which could unleash unimaginable destruction upon the Earth. The living might envy the dead if nuclear war broke out between the two superpowers, but where would the living live precisely?
A big debate in the United States during the Cold War was over who should be responsible for building fallout shelters. Was it the government's responsibility to build enormous shelters underground to protect its people in the event of nuclear war? Or was it up to each individual to provide for his own safety?