Tag Archives: Cold War

Disneyland? Nyet!

In 1959, the relationship between The West and the Soviet Union seemed larger than life.  Every diplomatic gesture by either side had drastic implications about the very fate of humanity.  The United States was led by the popular Warld War … Continue reading

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Something About The Baikonur Cosmodrome

Perhaps one of the contributing factors that caused me to become a borderline Russophile is their Space Program.  People like me cut their teeth on forbidden, threatening places like the old Soviet Union.  The deeply arcane, yet highly promoted Soviet … Continue reading

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Putinism (Review)

Russia seems, to me, to be a dark, mysterious, dangerous, and forbidding place. Perhaps that is so, because I grew up in the midst of the Cold War.  The very taboo nature of the Soviet Union engaged my fascination like … Continue reading

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NORAD Begins

North American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD brings to mind a few aspects.  I think of the Cold War, the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker in Colorado, and the NORAD Santa Tracking on Christmas Eve. The middle and late 1950s was … Continue reading

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Operation Alert Begins

Before the Orwellian Homeland Security Agency, the US only had the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Before FEMA, was an array of federal agencies that dealt with disaster management.  The most famous of those was the Civil Defense Administration. In 1954, … Continue reading

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Soviet Whiskey On The Rocks

The other day, I was chatting with my Swedish friend, Anders, about Cold War history.  He brought up a forgotten incident that happened in the neutral nation’s waters.  Anders remembered that in late October, 1981 that a Soviet submarine became … Continue reading

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