Old Newspapers: Cuban Missile Crisis

I wasn’t really impressed by the new TV series “The Kennedys”, which briefly touched on many controversies, rumors and conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy family. The only new revelation for me was the fact that both President and Mrs.Kennedy were receiving amphetamine shots from Dr.Feelgood. One of the more interesting episodes covered the Kennedy Administration handling the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, 1962.

The true story of the Cuban Missile Crisis may not as glamorous as it’s generally portrayed in the American official history books, but what’s not in dispute is the fact that during these weeks in the fall of 1962 was the closest the world have ever been to a nuclear war. I wanted to see the headlines the American people were seeing in their daily newspapers, so I went to the library and scanned some microfilm. However, the most telling find was probably this article, talking about the dedication of the first of the 612 nuclear fallout shelters planned in Kansas City. The article is readable, click on it if you need it magnified. Imagine the mood in the city and the country, not even 20 years since the WWII, having to prepare for another confrontation.

And now the headlines in chronological order.

An ad for downtown:

A wrestling ad:

  • Anonymous

    I know this is a bit late, but Happy Passover, Meesha!
    I wonder how many fallout shelters you guys had during the crisis. Americans and Canadians were busy building these (612 for KC?!), but the nuclear war never happened. But did you know about this when you lived in the USSR?

    Also, I don’t get the downtown ad AT ALL.

    • Thanks, same to you (if applicable :-))
      I was born in ’69 and have never been inside a shelter or a bunker, even for
      a drill. I’ve seen a few from outside, but they were sitting there from the
      old days, abandoned and unused. The only training for anything related I had
      (outside of the military), is putting on a gas mask, but since no one had
      their personal gas mask, that was pretty worthless as well.

  • There’s a very good chance I may have seen that wrestling match! That’s back when my mom and I attended every one, and I do recall seeing Dick the Bruiser in person.

  • I Travel for JOOLS

    I remember the Cuban missile crisis as being the scariest time of my then young life. We believed what we saw on the news those days, contrary to today. Also, like almost everybody else in the nation, I vividly remember the Kennedy assassinations and how we were so very alarmed and saddened as a country.

    I watched the Kennedy miniseries and consider it to be one of the best I have ever seen except for all those damn commercials. The acting was top notch, the story was superbly told. I also didn’t know Joe Kennedy had a lobotomy done on his daughter. What an all-around asshole that guy was. But, his sons were great men and I think Robert was probably one of the greatest men of the 20th century.

    • I liked the acting enough, but they omitted so much, like there is no
      mention of Ted Kennedy. Was he at the house? If they were trying to be
      accurate they should’ve gone all the way,not just concentrate on what
      everyone expected – mafia connections, adultery, drugs. I would’ve
      preferred something to be less tabloid, I mean all these things are true
      and probably there was a lot more they just didn’t have time to cover but
      to me, the story had a lot of missing chunks. Like it or not, Joe Kennedy
      put both his sons on the map. Seems like they were reluctant and needed
      some major convincing.

      • I Travel for JOOLS

        I agree with your comment concerning Edward. After reading it I had to go and look up some info. Edward Kennedy was 15 years younger than John, but was a new senator and 31 years old when John was killed and you would think they would have at least shown him or mentioned him in the miniseries. And as for your comment about Joe, yes that was his one redeeming quality, but he didn’t do it for them. He did it to live vicariously through them.

  • Anonymous

    It’s fun to see what our local newspaper used to be…… a newspaper…. with two editions….