November 12, 1993 |
At exactly 7:30 p.m., the lights went out all over town. When they flashed back on 20 seconds later, the tiny farming community of Moorpark had entered the Atomic Age and the history books. On that cool autumn evening 36 years ago, the town of 1,100 became the first in the country to be lighted entirely with nuclear-powered electricity. The date was Nov. 12, 1957. "Everybody was pretty excited about it," recalled Barton Miller, Moorpark's postmaster at the time.