It was 30 years ago today: ABC aired a made for TV movie titled The Day After. I watched that movie as a teen, and frankly, it gave me nightmares. The movie was about surviving a nuclear exchange between the US and the Soviet Union. It was a real threat in those days.
For those of you that are too young to remember, growing up under the threat of nuclear holocaust was a real and ever present danger that we all learned to accept. I remember having "duck and cover" drills when I was in elementary school. On notification, we were trained to duck under our desks, cover our heads, and wait for the end.
The movie seemed very real and scary to me at the time, and I had nightmares about it for weeks.