Every trucker has something they do during their time at home, or their downtime on the road. Some read, some write and/or play music, others relax by streaming a movie or two.
John Coster-Mullen designed a nuclear weapon.
A story on NPR today tells how the 71-year-old product of the Cold War used publicly-available information to recreate designs for the two bombs the U.S. dropped to end World War II.
Coster-Mullen … works nights for a major trucking firm, delivering merchandise to big box stores. Before that, he worked as a photographer. He never graduated from college.
But for the past 24 years, he has had an extraordinary hobby. He has carefully recreated detailed designs of America’s very first nuclear weapons: Little Boy, the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, and Fat Man, the one that fell on Nagasaki.