Caldicott, Helen (1938- )

compiled and edited by
Lubov Zeifman and Sara Ann Mehltretter
edited by
J. Michael Hogan

14 October 2007

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Caldicott, Helen. “Stop the Nuclear Madness.” April 17, 1986. Northern Michigan State University Archives. Video Recording. [=A]

The copy-text is Caldicott 1986 (=A), a video tape recording of the delivered speech, transcribed by Lubov Zeifman and Sara Ann Mehltretter.

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[4] The book by Lloyd DeMause is actually Reagan’s America. It presents a psychobiography of Reagan and a chronology of the media paranoia during the 1980s. Caldicott refers to the book as On Reagan.

[5] Caldicott’s reference here is most likely to Barbara W. Tuchman’s book The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam (New York: Ballatine Books, 1985).

[13] SAC stands for Strategic Air Command.

[43] Defense readiness condition, commonly abbreviated as DEFCON.

[56] CMS stands for Cruise missile submarine.

[57] ELF stands for Extremely Low Frequency system, a tool used by the Navy to communicate with submerged submarines.

[58] Caldicott holds up a sheet of paper as a visual aid that has ten markings for each bomb on a Trident missile.

[89] Baby Doc is Jean-Claude Duvalier, the ruler of Haiti from 1971-1986.

[89] Pierre Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada from 1968-1979 and then again from 1980-1984.

[89] Craxi refers to Bettino Craxi, the Prime Minister of Italy.

[105] WAND stands for the Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament, now renamed Women’s Action for New Directions.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Classification

17 April 1986
Northern Michigan University
Marquette, Michigan


Nuclear Disarmament, United States, History



VOD Associate Editor
Gaines, Robert N.

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editor and compiler
Mehltretter, Sara Ann

obtained video recording from Northern Michigan University archives


editor and compiler
Zeifman, Lubov

transcribed Speech Text A from video recording into electronic format


editor and compiler
Mehltretter, Sara Ann

edited and proofread Speech Text A against video recording


Hogan, J. Michael

proofread Speech Text A