Ed Hermance Is Selling Iconic Giovanni’s Room

Legendary LGBT bookstore Giovanni’s Room, which owner Ed Hermance has run for 37 years, is up for sale (both the building and the store). He (and the community, surely) is looking to keep the bookstore alive, but will sell it outright if there isn’t enough cash to make it happen. And in case he doesn’t, you better head to 12th and Pine and get your fix. Much more at G Philly.

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  • MH Maggelet

    The two Mark 39 Mod 2 bombs at Goldsboro could not have detonated in a nuclear fashion, due to the fact that the two main safety mechanisms, the Ready/Safe Switch and the Electrical Arming/Safing Switch in the cartridge (housing the X-Unit), functioned as designed. The aircrew could only arm the bombs using special test equipment and a specific aircraft voltage, controlled by the pilot’s readiness switch. Two crew members, acting in unison and in physically separate positions in the B-52, could only arm the bombs after completing a nineteen step checklist (that’s just to arm, not drop). Since this was an accident and the weapons were torn from the aircraft, the low voltage and high voltage thermal batteries activated- current from these batteries are not used to rotate the R/S switches. Many more steps would have to take place in order to put the bombs into a condition to produce a nuclear yield, and it was not possible in this accident (take it from a retired nuclear weapons technician).
    You can read the declassified documents from these accidents and incidents in their entirety in our book, “Broken Arrow, Volume II- A Disclosure of Significant U.S., Soviet, and British Nuclear Weapon Incidents and Accidents, 1945-2008” by Michael H. Maggelet and James C. Oskins (ISBN 13-9780557655939). Mr. Schlosser contacted me month’s ago wishing to use portions from our book on the Damascus, Arkansas Titan II accident, and his “exhaustive research” takes much from our own book. The exception being of course, his claims are alarmist and not factual, while our information and photos are from the original sources.