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"Judy Jashinsky, October 1962"
Oil on Wood
14" x 14", framed

I was a freshman in high school during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  This period in time was my first memory of being afraid that our country was going to be invaded by Communist.  My social studies teacher was one of my favorites, she made us read the paper every day and we also read “The Weekly Reader” (I remember this showed maps with the color red spreading across the surface of the earth.)  The USSR was on the move to take over the world.  We of course had regular drills in the “Duck and Cover” routine.  I had seen images of the nuclear bomb tests and knew there was no way that we would be safe.  However, my mother would reassure my brothers and I that there was no reason to attack our small Wisconsin town.  Only, little did we know that an Air Force base called Volk Field, not too far away, came under alert on Friday, October 26.  A false alarm had been transmitted and pilots using F-106 planes, fully armed nuclear interceptors, were preparing for a Russian attack.  Communications were so primitive that a jeep raced down the runway to stop the first of these planes after receiving a message to cancel the sabotage alert.