«History is history — you can’t erase it,» says Jesús Caicedo, mayor of Cuevas del Almanzora, whose district includes Palomares. «So we may as well get something out of it.»
Mr. Caicedo is lobbying his fellow politicians to build a nuclear-accident theme park on the site where one of the bombs landed — «ground zero,» as he calls it. He says he has asked U.S. government officials to declassify films, photos and documents on the accident so he can show off the stuff in a museum. He would also like to obtain the fuselage of a B-52 bomber «G» model like the one that exploded overhead 43 years ago.
The Walt Disney Co.’s Miramax Films is working on a movie, tentatively called «Muchas Gracias, Bob Oppenheimer,» about an American serviceman who falls in love with a girl from Palomares in the aftermath of the accident. Villagers say they hope Miramax will film the movie on location, bringing much-needed jobs and business to the town.
«I don’t think that’s too much to ask,» Juan José Pérez, the mayor of Palomares, said over lunch recently. «We’ll welcome them with open arms, especially if they cast Penelope Cruz.» A Miramax spokesperson said location and casting had not yet been discussed.