October, 1962

Monday, October 14th, is the 51st anniversary of the beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was a mere 5 years old at the time, so my political instincts weren't exactly fine-tuned. However, I do remember visiting my Uncle Pete and Aunt Betty in their apartment about 20 miles away from where I grew up in New Jersey. During that visit, the adults, my parents and my Aunt and Uncle, were agitated about something. I remember that the prospect of war was one that was being discussed. I also remember the atmosphere being one of fear. It wasn't until years later that I realized the significance of that visit and the source of that fear. I'm not aware of any other moment in our history when we came so close to destroying the planet in a flash. The challenge now seems to find a way to keep from destroying it slowly. At any rate, the Cuban Missile Crisis plays a prominent role in my upcoming Nick Temple novel Silent Vector. It's a different take, a fictional take, and I hope readers find it intriguing.