By DIANE SMITH
Most people, when they hear the word "bikini," think of the two-piece swimsuits that Paris engineer Louis Réard used for the name of his scandalous line of beachwear, released just four days after atomic bomb testing began at Bikini Atoll. That was July 1946, 70 years ago this month.
For 90-year-old Bill McGee of Belvedere, the name means something entirely different: a horrendous blast and radiation.
At the time of the tests, Réard said, "Like the bomb, the bikini is small and devastating." McGee says he doesn't think the bomb was all that small, but he does agree that it was devastating.
As a 20-year-old U.S. Navy sailor in July 1946, McGee says he thought it was just another routine assignment when he was sent to the Pacific on board the heavy cruiser USS Fall River.
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