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Letter: Castro’s death evokes memories of the ’60s

Castro’s death evokes memories of the ’60s

John F. Kennedy would never have believed it. Almost to the day of JFK’s assassination, Fidel Castro has died. Castro went on to live 53 years after the death of our beloved president.

As most people over the age of 60 would remember, Castro and JFK were locked in a continuous struggle during Kennedy’s all too brief term as president. Starting with the Bay of Pigs invasion plan, inherited from Eisenhower and implemented unsuccessfully by JFK, to his great success in avoiding nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis, this battle of wills played out in the background of my life as a young boy in the early 1960s.

Looking back, it’s now almost hard to believe how close mankind was to disaster. Even the assassination of JFK on Nov. 22, 1963, has been forever linked by many to the Castro-JFK struggle. I guess we will never know for sure.

I wonder if those highly stressful and historical years in the early 1960s are even discussed in schools these days. I do know that the death of Castro all these years later has really triggered my memories of those years as a young boy.

Lou Speranza

Hamburg

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