Page 207. " all the money went to the local Riding for the Disabled group "

Riding for the Disabled Association is a voluntary organisation working with horses to offer opportunities for people with disabilities to ride or carriage drive, in order to benefit their health and wellbeing. 

Page 219. " do a few Jane Fondas "

Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. After fracturing her foot whilst filming The China Syndrome she began aerobics and strengthening exercises under the direction of Leni Cazden.  She released a video called Jane Fonda's Workout, which sold 17 million copies - more than any other home video - and was the reason that many people bought a VCR.  She went on to make 23 exercise videos between 1982 and 1995. 

                                        

Page 221. " She'd never ridden Western before "

Western riding is a style developed by cowboys. The Western saddle is designed to distribute weight more evenly over the horse’s back, to absorb the weight of a roped cow, with a comfortable seat for long hours of riding over rough terrain. The horn of the saddle is used to anchor a lariat (tethering rope) when roping cattle. Western horses tend to be compact and capable of steady travel all day, with small bursts of speed to chase stray cattle.

 

                       

Page 225. " Missile silos all over the place "

Minuteman Missile Silo
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeMinuteman Missile Silo - Credit: Spencer, Wikipedia
In 1960, the US Air Force decided to locate the first Minuteman installation on the high plains near Great Falls, Montana, at Malmstrom Air Force Base (AFB). In the event of a nuclear accident or attack, the low population density near Malmstrom AFB would minimize civilian casualties. In addition, the region offered an established network of roads and, like much of the West, a large amount of easy-to-acquire public land.

The Air Force began constructing the Nation's first Minuteman missile field in March 1961. In the spring of 1962, the Associated Press reported that the Montana silos were being "rushed to completion," and that the first missiles, each loaded with "one megaton of death and destruction," would be ready by late summer. Air Force crews began lowering the weapons into the silos at the end of July, and Malmstrom AFB's first ten-missile flight was hurriedly activated on 27 October 1962, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Minuteman missile is maintained on alert in an unmanned, hardened underground launch facility, covered by a 100-ton blast door which is blown off prior to missile launch. A launcher support building buried near the launch tube contains environmental control equipment and standby power sources. The missiles are deployed in flights of ten, controlled by a single, centrally-located launch control center (LCC) manned by a Missile Combat Crew.