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I0 The Julian News by Bill Fink Fifty Years Ago How Close We Came For thirteen days in October, 1962 the entire world was on the brink of mutually assured destruction. Never, since the end of WWII have we come so close to a worldwide nuclear conflagration. The Cuban Missile Crisis ranks as one of the great and frightening assertions of power in the western hemisphere that the U.S. exercised under principles of the Monroe Doctrine of 1823. The international intrigue, behind the scenes negotiations and involvement of Secretary U Thant of the U.N: ultimately defused the situation sufficiently to make the Soviet Union go home. But ultimately the massive military might of the U.S, probably won the day. It's difficult to imagine that type of crisis in 1962. As a ten year old I was kept home from school for a couple of days. While I wasn't acutely aware of the situation the tension in our home was palpable. In New Jersey we were well within range of Soviet missiles as was most of the continental U.S. A little background is called for here. With Cuba sitting a mere ninety miles from Florida's shore, it has always been a coveted jewel by businessmen and the government of the United States and figured prominently in the plans for the Confederate State's sphere of influence. The main players in the Cuban Missile Crisis were John Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro. In 1959 Fidel Castro led a bloody revolution that left him and the communists in command in Cuba. In 1962 Kennedy launched action against Cuba. The Bay of Pigs and Operation Mongoose were horrible failures and Kennedy's failure to provide support caused him a reputation of weakness in international circles. Nikita Khrushchev, the former Russian general of WWII is presiding over a nation that lost over 20 million people in the Second World War. The Soviets are fully engaged in a hot arms race and an ever-escalating cold war. They are actively trying to exert influence over the allied control of West Berlin. In response to the expansion of U.S. missiles in Europe, Khrushchev convinces Castro to allow missiles into Cuba from which communist expansion can expand into the Caribbean and Central and South America. In response, General Curtis LeMay urged all out war, Defense Secretary MacNamara urged a limited action against Cuba. But military action was the predominant strltegy presented to Kennedy. Cuba was blockaded, the Strategic Air Command was at Defcon 2, B52s were positioned and armed with nuclear weapons with orders for a 15-minute maximum takeoff schedule. Twenty- three nuclear-armed B52s were sent to locations within striking distance of the Soviet Union. Nuclear-armed submarines were dispatched. Never has the world been so close to a nuclear holocaust where estimates were a hundred million casualties on each side. The entire world was on the brink and Khrushchev blinked. There was no response to the extremely aggressive and massive action by the U.S. Through back channels the Soviets agreed to remove the missiles from Cuba. What was not widely known was that Kennedy agreed to remove the somewhat outdated missiles from Italy and Turkey and not invade Cuba. By October 28th the crises was over. War had been averted but the cold war was to last over twenty years more. Castro was unhappy and Cuban, American relations have remained contentious. Soviet military expansion of Communism in the west was checked, and a hot line between Washington and Moscow was installed. The history of the events that occurred in October 62 reads like a spy novel and I've only given you a broad summary of one of the most potentially destructive events the world has ever seen. Information is readily available on the net: Take the time, read it and you'll be amazed at how close we came. Here Ye! Here Ye! Thanks for the great attendance at the dinner to raise funds for the Fisher House Foundation last Friday night. The funds raised will go to a very worthy cause. This Sunday is a great all you can eat breakfast put on by-the American Legion to benefit the Julian High Girls Volleyball Team. They're a great group of kids and the funds they raise will go a long way in benefiting the program. Eagles Senior Day continued from page 9 convert their two point try and we're back to a 3 score spread, 36 to 15. Tah got a good 20 yard return on mid field, but a fired up Dragons defense pushed the Eagles defense 22 yards in reverse. Faced with a fourth and 32, the Eagles long snapper fired his snap over Brian's head and the Dragons recovered at the Eagles 10. New Listing Fantastic Business Opportunity The "Cowbella Ranch Caf6" is located at 2116 Main Street in the heart of Julian. This turn has everything you need to succeed! Listed at $85,000. y caf6 October 24, 2012 Judy Raines 760-604-1946 We Know Julian Veronica Clark 760-803-3582 and the entire Back Country DRE #01350842 DRE #01092197 Experienced In All Aspects of Real Estate - Including Short Sale Negotiations We have homes in Julian and the back country starting with the price of $125,000. They are in good areas and are all sizes. Call us today for a list with pictures or to see any of these homes. 3205 Pera Alta Dr. Home in Beautiful Pine Hills,is on one acre with many oaks in a park like setting,Large front porch, patio in'back of home with spa,fenced and very private, cathedral ceilings comfortable living room with efficient wood-burning stove, light and bright family room with many windows.Priced way below owner's costs. $289,000 Cuyamaca Woods - 2.51 Acres, Wonderful Land Beautiful View, Water Meter, Drive Way, Pad, Easy Access. Come Build your Dream Home. The Dragons made quick work of their prize and scooted the remaining 10 yards for another score. Their 2-point conversion was good and now they're up 44 to 15. After the Dragons kick, Julian started their series on their own 28. Ronnie clawed his way forward for a hard fought 2 yards. On the next snap, he looked like he was gonna get nailed in the Eagles backfield, disappearing into the pile. He kept his feet moving in the right direction and when the dust settled, all you could see was Ronnie outrunning everybody to the endzone. Once Ronnie breaks to daylight, no one is going to catch him. I'm looking forward to Ronnie and Clint in the 100 meters and the 4 x 100 relays in spring. Julian's PAT failed, but they are inching closer now, 44 - 21. An Eagles onsides kick attempt went just a little too far and San Pasqual recovered the ball at their own 44-yard line. Their first blast up the middle set them up in Julian territory and they began their final march through Georgia. The Dragons did meet with an immovable wall inside the Eagles 10 when Kellen, Tony and Ronnie dropped the Dragons QB for a 10-yard loss. San Pasqual scored on a quick dash up the middle, but their 2-point conversion failed. 3 minutes and the game is out of reach, San Pasqual 50, Julian 21. Tah picks up San Pasqual's kick at the Eagles 15 and gets a good return to the Dragons' 48. It's three incompletes and out for the Eagles and the long snapper hikes the ball far over the Garcia's head and the muffed snap is recovered on Julian's 25. Two minutes to go and the Dragons go into the victory formation and take a knee on 4 consecutive snaps. The ball goes back to the Eagles on downs with less than a minute left on the clock. San Pasqual scores the final points on a Julian safety when the hand off gets fumbled in the Eagles endzone. The game continued on page 11 Beautiful piece of property with lots of natural vegetation. The pad, septic and water meter remain. A rebuild is possible. The location is excellent, with a great view of the woods and a small pond. Access is all paved yet very private and quiet. The property is off the grid so you will need solar and a generator. Owner very easy to work with. $40,000 i PETS OF THE WEEK Juliet is a 1 year old female American Bulldog Mix who weighs about 601bs. Fun and playful, she dressed in her Halloween best for the shelter volunteers. Juliet is active and would make a great hiking or jogging partner but also mellows out with her humans for some snuggle time on the couch. She likes to play with other dogs so bring your furry friend down to the shelter to see if Juliet would make a good playmate. Meet her by asking for ID#A1487336 Tag#C156. Juliet can be adopted for $69. ii!   %1ii Benjamin is a neutered Red Tabby who weighs an extra large 231bs. He opted to sport his lobster costume to the delight of shelter staff and volunteers. Benjamin is a giant ball of love, affection and very easy going. He gets along great with other cats and can be found in the shelter's "zoo" when first entering the facility. A few pounds overweight, Benjamin wold benefit from a restricted diet to help him live a healthy, long life. Meet him by asking for ID#A1496193 Tag#C837. Benjamin can be adopted for the Senior Fee of just $35. All adoption fees include vaccinations, spaying/neutering (upon adoption), a microchip and free Vet visit. Dog fees also include a 1 year license. Juliet and Benjamin are at our Central County Shelter, 5480 Gaines Street, San Diego. The Shelter hours are 9:30AM to 5:30PM, Tuesday through Saturday or visit www.sddac.com for more information.  t It