I don't think too many of you know that when Jim (notarysojac) and I first got together, he was assigned to Princeton to work on TOKAMAK. I used to come down to stay with him. I started rearranging my schedule so I had a long weekend, then I took both late night shifts so I had 4 days off... and eventually, I just stopped going home. Our fusion and theirs are therefore always connected in my mind.
I remember the Carter years with joy - fusion was getting funding, there were solar panels in the white house, Science (and especially Space) wasn't a dirty word....
Reagan *ripping out* the white house solar panels has become my symbol much of what followed. (I want to smack people who tell me - you should have started with solar in the 70's. Hello - *ripped out!*")
I was lucky though - I have Jim, and a memory that few get - of having a president they were actually proud of.
It would be nice to see safe fusion come about at last.