Following the meltdown of the Chernobyl Power Plant in 1986, the Ukraine government set up the Exclusion Zone, a quarantined area that extends 30 kilometres (19 mi) in every direction from the site of the reactor. Nearly 100,000 residents were evacuated from the Exclusion Zone, leaving behind their possessions, their homes, and, in many cases, their loved ones.
Now, most of the Exclusion Zone is still uninhabited, although all of the buildings are still standing. One of those buildings, known simply as Middle School Number Three, is almost frozen in time at the moment of the disaster: Gas masks cover the floors, and chairs and desks still stand exactly as they would have on a school day 27 years ago, except for a few that were knocked out of the way as the students fled. If you want, you can actually visit the area right now with a guided tour, although this tour has certain rules you don’t normally hear on vacation—like stay on the concrete walkways, because the radiation is lower there, and don’t touch literally anything.
Ampeg Plexi Bass made in 1969. Dan Armstrong’s Lucite signature bass.