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Huddleston went on to marry her
sweetheart, who also worked at Y-12,
three months after the bombs hit
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

"That's the most that's ever been killed
in such a short period of time, the awfullest war that we've ever had. And these
calutrons helped end it because they
provided the uranium for Little Boy that
was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, and
Fat Man on Nagasaki, and that resulted
in the end of all that killing. Without the
Calutron Girls, they couldn't have operated these machines."

Coming Full Circle

Children, especially, are hungry to
learn about the Secret City and the Calutron Girls, Smith says. It is not uncommon for a teacher to show one of his
self-produced, online documentaries in
class and FaceTime him the next day so
he can answer the students' questions.
Each year, he also visits about 40 schools
around the country. At one of them,
when the bell rang at the end of class,
a little girl asked, "Mr. Smith, if we go
get our lunch and bring it back here, will
you keep talking?"
"The history is of interest to young

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people," Smith notes. "They are just not
getting it in any way that they can hold
onto. They need stories. They need videos. They need something more than just
a teacher reciting facts. Those don't stick
with them. The bobby pin story-they'll
remember that. The ping-pong ball and
the golf ball-they'll remember that. And
that's important."
He also wants them to understand
what a vital role the Calutron Girls played
in saving American lives.
"Remember, 60 million people were
killed during World War II," he says.

About five years ago, Huddleston got an
unexpected phone call from a Japanese
reporter who was scouting possible people and places for a documentary about
Y-12. The filmmakers later interviewed
Huddleston and her family members and
captured footage of them making dinner,
at church and elsewhere.
"It was amazing. They were so nice,"
Huddleston says. "They asked me how I
felt about [what I did at Oak Ridge]. I told
them that I'd like to see people love each
other a little more and quit fighting and
just accept people for who they are, and
have more love in the world. And they
liked that."

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