Board the time machine and head back to those tension-filled days of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. Here are a few links I’ve collected related to events mentioned in the book.


On October 22, 1962 President Kennedy addresses the nation, announcing he has issued a blockade of Cuba…

Listen to President Kennedy’s November 2 comments on the resolution of the Crisis

CBS Nightly News anchor Walter Cronkite took the anchor chair six months before the Cuban Missile Crisis. Cronkite remembers the event.

As the Cuban Missile Crisis unfolded, newspapers and television broadcasts provided few details of what was really happening. In a Navy town like Jacksonville, scuttlebutt, or gossip about duty assignments, impending orders, etc., was often the better source of information. And, there was a lot of scuttlebutt. To get a feel for how suddenly things developed during the crisis,  read accounts of personnel stationed on the USS William R. Rush during the Cuban Missile Crisis

Get the story of the dramatic face-off that nearly ended in nuclear as told by musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis. Yes, fifty years later, we can afford to take a lighter look at the past. (It’s worth enduring the 30 second commercial.)

Read through the major events of 1962


Here are some playlists to accompany your reading. Check back frequently as I add new playlists each week!


I’m sure Lola would love to see this video of a 1962 Paris Fashion show…

More likely, Lola and Norah would have viewed this fashion show in the movie, “That Touch of Mink,” starring Doris Day…