I never cared why my father tried to kill my mother. What kind of reason could there be? But when my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I realized that I needed to know the answer, and I didn't have much time to figure it out.
STRATEGIC ARMS LIMITATIONS TALKS
My father was always working, either at his office at Caltech or in Washington or Moscow. His specialty was Treaty Enforcement. Whenever the Soviets exploded underground nuclear bombs, they claimed that they were earthquakes. My father discovered the difference in the seismic waves that are made by earthquakes and nuclear bombs, which enabled the U.S. to monitor and enforce Strategic Arms Limitations Talk.
The San Fernando Earthquake
It was the middle of the night. The house was shaking. I could hear dishes crashing. Tables falling. My mother crawled with us underneath the bed. My father was trying to put his pants on but kept on falling down. He grabbed us and threw us over his back and ran outside in his underwear. My mom followed behind him.
We were all together and it was one of the happiest days of my life.
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