CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Our images of mushroom clouds came from its cameras. So did many shots of missile tests, space missions and the Korean and Vietnam wars.
At one point it was the largest self-contained film studio in Hollywood, enlisting such stars as Jimmy Stewart and Marilyn Monroe, as well as Disney animators and other movie industry talent. It made an estimated 900 films.
Yet the story of Lookout Mountain Laboratory was largely unknown – until two University of Illinois professors spent 10 years piecing it together for a new book and website.