Late last month, Martyl Langsdorf -- the famed painter, designer and native St. Louisan -- died at a hospital in the Chicago area. She was 96 years old and, according to family, fell ill with a lung infection.
Wikipedia The first appearance of the Doomsday Clock on the June 1947 cover of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Her best-known creation was likely the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic representation of how close the world is to a nuclear war. The minute hand of the clock is moved closer to midnight as the international political climate worsens. Since Langdorf created the image in 1947, the minute hand has been moved twenty times. It is currently five minutes to midnight.
"It's a phenomenon in itself," Langsdorf told an interviewer in 2007. "The clock has a life of its own now. It's amazing."More »