This album cover was propped up on the hi-fi console in the reading/music room. Black humor, gallows humor, nervous laughter.
Choices made that week led to the resolution of the Cuban Missile
Crisis and--briefly--a conscious stepping back from nuclear Armageddon.
Fifty years later, the world has at least seven more nations with
nuclear weapons, aggressive talk growing more intense, bigger threats,
much more vulnerability to annihilation. Russia and the United States
have 19,500 between them; the junior members have barely a thousand
among the seven--France, China, United Kingdom, Israel, Pakistan, India
and North Korea.
Another jolt came 13 months later--November 22, 1963. I told that story here
a few years ago--nuclear war was still at the heart of the matter on that day.