An Evening with J. Robert Oppenheimer


Clay Jenkinson, nationally renowned humanities scholar, author and social commentator will bring his in-character interpretation of Robert J. Oppenheimer to the stage. Recognized as being thought-provoking and highly entertaining, this will be Jenkinson’s third trip to Bainbridge where he previously portrayed Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt to sold-out audiences.

J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of Clay Jenkinson’s more recent characters. Oppenheimer is considered by many to be the the father of the atomic bomb. He was an enormously complex man. After making important contributions to the science of quantum physics, he was chosen by General Leslie Groves to head up the Manhattan Project in 1942. He performed this monumental task with great administrative genius.

But the world’s first atomic detonation, at Trinity, New Mexico, on 16 July 1945 awakened in Oppenheimer deep misgivings about his achievement, and about the marriage of physics and government. Because he was lukewarm on the development of the hydrogen bomb, and because of some questionable pre-war contacts with American members of the communist party, Oppenheimer was destroyed by the cold warriors in 1954. His security clearance was revoked. He was accused wrongly with being a traitor, but was vindicated in 1963.

Clay Jenkinson considers J.Robert Oppenheimer the epitome of Twentieth Century Man.

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Early Editions Of Bainbridge Review Now Online

The Museum contributed to the creation of Kitsap Regional Library’s first special digital collection, Bainbridge Review, 1941-1946. The Bainbridge Review, a weekly newspaper edited and published by Walt and Milly Woodward, has earned national recognition for its coverage of the forced removal of more than 200 Bainbridge Island residents of Japanese descent. The Woodwards editorialized against the removal and devoted space in the newspaper to reports about their lives in the camps.