|FROM STEAM LOCOMOTIVES TO SPACESHIPS
A Boyhood Memory - The Dawning of the Space Age
by: Aaron George Bailey - in Sherwood, Arkansas USA
Arkansas Democrat - a clipping from my scrapbook
|On October 4, 1982, the world service of Radio Moscow broadcast a program marking the 25th Anniversary
of the Sputnik-1 launch. That evening I was tuned to Radio Moscow and picked up the program in the 40
meter shortwave band. Click on the Sputnik-1 thumbnail to hear a segment of that broadcast. Note- At the
end I spliced in a bit of music from the 1950s - part of the song "Earth Angel" by the Penguins.
* On the brink of Nuclear War, my Dad let me miss school during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in
late October 1962. Train after train of military equipment passed my home, moving toward a staging area,
most likely South Florida. Clearly, the United States planned to invade Cuba and remove the Soviet
nuclear tipped missiles by force. The local Pop Music station, KAAY (50,000 watt clear channel 1090kc),
changed its evening programming during this time and beamed Spanish language format toward Cuba.
Cuba was just a pawn in this crisis and the real issue was between the old Cold War rivals, the United
States and the Soviet Union. US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev faced
off, eye to eye, while all along JFK maintained a strong stance. Fortunately for the world, both leaders
showed wisdom and compromise and the crisis was defused.