Gregory Pleshaw describes his visit to The Black Hole in this April 1995 piece written for Wired Magazine. The excesses of the Los Alamos National Laboratory are the treasures at The Black Hole. Some of the items described in this piece are still for sale at The Black Hole, including a 6,000 gallon liquid hydrogen or liquid helium dewar storage container, original price to “the Lab” was $180,000 and now available for a fraction of the original cost at $18,000.
Bill Donahue visits Los Alamos and shares his perspective in this May/June 2003 story “Fear and Fallout in Los Alamos” including an interview with Ed Grothus. From the days of the Manhattan Project to 2003, life in Los Alamos is captured in this expose’ of some of the things that have occurred in those 60+ years of weapons development.
A visit to The Black Hole – “The Belly of the Beast” - Dory Hulbert – February 18, 2006. Dory shares a bit of history about The Black Hole and links in Taos Artist Larry Bell, the HBO Special “Atomic Ed & the Black Hole” and other content in this piece that documents a bit about this special place.
Chris Jones of Esquire came to Los Alamos and talked with Ed Grothus about the
Doomsday Stones. These granite monuments were commissioned by Ed
Grothus to serve as Rosetta Stones for the Nuclear Age. Written in 15 languages
on 2 twin 40 ton monuments, the message includes in part:
WELCOME TO LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE CITY OF FIRE. OUR FIRES ARE BRIGHTER THAN A THOUSAND SUNS. IT WAS ONCE BELIEVED THAT ONLY GOD COULD DESTROY THE WORLD, BUT SCIENTISTS WORKING IN LOS ALAMOS FIRST HARNESSED THE POWER OF THE ATOM. THE POWER RELEASED THROUGH FISSION AND FUSION GIVES MANY MEN THE ABILITY TO COMMENCE THE DESTRUCTION OF ALL LIFE ON EARTH. . . . NUCLEAR BOMBS CANNOT BE USED RATIONALLY AND DREAMS FOR SAFE AND USEFUL NUCLEAR POWER MAY NEVER BE REALIZED. IT IS ONLY IN LOS ALAMOS THAT THE POTENTIALS FOR UNIMAGINED, FANTASTIC GOOD AND DEMONSTRATED, HORRENDOUS EVIL ARE PROXIMATE.
Rick Mobbs describes his visit to The Black Hole in his January 5, 2008 posting. A snippet about Ed and the granite obelisks is included in this blog, which was found in The Bomb Town News Observer blog from Feb 23, 2007. The obelisks still sit in shipping containers at The Black Hole – “new in the box” like so many of the artifacts of the nuclear age that are inside the former Piggly Wiggly building, now known as The Black Hole.
Josh Zellis came to the Black Hole with his video camera and captured Ed in his world. He walked through the Black Hole and captured Ed’s story about his life in Los Alamos, his peace activism, the history of disk drives, Don Pettit – astronaut, the making of atomic bombs, “nuclear world – screwed”, Excalibre, Tony Price – Atomic Artist, Organic Plutonium – a 1996 Christmas gift to President Clinton and Vice-president Gore, W76 475 kiloton warhead mock-up, and a weapon of mass destruction (Fermacell fermentor).
New Mexico Magazine
Gray Chapman stopped by the Black Hole as part of the Outings: Weird Destinations section for the October 2010 issue. Read what he had to say about his encounter at the Black Hole as well as at some other unique New Mexico attractions.
National Public Radio
John Burnett is the author of a story titled “At 85, Atomic Ed is Still Ticking Off Los Alamos” is a three-part story describing Ed Grothus the Junkman, Ed Grothus the Peacenik, and, the Curious Legacy of Ed Grothus. The story first aired on NPR on October 20, 2008.
Amanda Congdon from Sometimes Daily came to The Black Hole and met with Barbara Grothus in February 2010 and posted the following two video stories - "You are Now Entering The Black Hole" which documents a walk through tour of the operation and "Our Fires are Brighter than 1000 Suns" which documents the twin 40 ton granite obelisk monuments (the Rosetta Stones for the Nuchear Age) which Ed Grothus designed and had fabricated.