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Preppers: Meet the paranoid Americans awaiting the apocalypse

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Preppers: Meet the paranoid Americans awaiting the apocalypse

theweek.com ^ | July 12, 2015 | Rod O’Connor

Posted on 7/13/2015, 11:20:26 AM by PROCON

BY ALL APPEARANCES, Bob Valenti is your average upwardly mobile suburbanite. The 40-something father of two has a couple of advanced degrees and a high-paying job at a high-flying technology company. He has an aggressive retirement plan and plenty socked away in college funds for his kids. As of last year, he also has a plan for surviving the end of the world as we know it.

A few years ago, Valenti (who asked that his real name not be used, for reasons that will be clear soon enough) and his wife traded their Chicago townhouse for a gorgeous $800,000 residence in Downers Grove, a suburb west of the city. The idyllic, 12-room house features handsome walnut cabinetry, a sprawling yard, and a basement that holds…

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