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Interview with William “Bill” Ronald Deans, Jr. and his son William “Will” Thomas Deans as part of the Nash County Cultural Center Oral History Project. Bill reflects on growing up during the Cuban Missile Crisis; discusses incidents on military bases and bombing drills at school. He describes the underground fallout shelter his grandfather, William Randolph Deans, had built in the backyard of his house. Will speaks about his great grandfather’s unique personality; tells a story about going into the shelter after it had been vacant for several years in order to collect $500 in cash his great grandfather claimed to have hidden there. He describes the condition of the shelter’s interior as being wet and covered in a layer of mud; says the money was also in bad shape. Bill and Will discuss the overall structural integrity of the shelter and speculate about cleaning and repairs necessary to get it back to useable condition.

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