Roy, I’m not preoccupied by 1985, but I would guess more people
worried about Ethiopian starvation that year than about nuclear winter.
The same people who read Ground Zero probably also read Earth in the Balance a few years later and the same people who worried about The Day After worry now about The Day After Tomorrow.
Reagan looked evil in the eye and called it by its name. It’s not about
whether some people are afraid. Some people are afraid of their shadows
or eating a Hardee’s Thick Burger, to say nothing of the carbs in rice.