The massive top secret government relocation site known as Mount Weather (aka the Classified Location) has been featured in political thrillers since at least 1962 (its debut was as the thinly disguised “Mount Thunder” in the novel Seven Days in May by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II), but some of its more mundane, real life functions may surprise readers. Indeed, CONELRAD recently discovered a “Weekly Schedule of Activities” for the legendary Cold War super fortress that has all of the excitement of a corporate retreat agenda. But what makes this document of particular interest is that it is from the extremely tense early 1960s when one would have thought more would have been going on. But perhaps even government bunkers have off-seasons.
If nothing else the memo proves that the Classified Location had a war room and showed cool old (even for 1961) propaganda movies. For the weeks covered in the schedule, the Raymond Massey-hosted Seconds for Survival (1959) screened at 10:45 AM on November 7, 1961 and the NBC television documentary Nightmare in Red (1955) ran at 9:00 AM on the following day. There are also unidentified movies that ran at night which may have been from an entirely different genre (one not featuring the likes of Mr. Massey).
And what taxpayer funded getaway would be complete without church services and a bus ride home?
Mount Weather Weekly Activities: 1961
Figures mentioned in the document:
Walter L. Mazan (1921-1991)
Project Director, Programs
Frank J. Muckenhaupt (1922-1992)
Director, Operations Classified Location
Jack R. Scott (1921-2008)
Director, Classified Location
J. Leo Bourassa (1917-2000)
Deputy Director, Classified Location
Project Director, Emergency Operations, Classified Location
Project Director, Plans and Readiness, Classified Location
G.H. Chandler Tredick (? – 1984),
Director, Administration and Security, Classified Location.
Director Passive Defense Office Corps of Engineers
Joseph P. Sahm (1914-1991), Technical Director, U.S. Army Interagency Communications Agency
E. Allen Aime,
Meteorological Consultant, Classified Location
Dr. Joseph D. Coker,
Director National Resource Evaluation Center
Operations Classified Location