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The Cuban Missile Crisis is one of those moments in history when people remember what they were doing. The world hung on every word from Washington, Moscow and Havana.

When I got this assignment, a friend recalled how he went through “duck and cover” protection exercises in his school. He told me how the whole class scrambled under their desks covering their faces supposedly to protect themselves during a nuclear attack. In my research I then found, and used, some of the U.S. Defense Department film demonstrating the exercise.

And we all know when a crisis of that magnitude strikes - Hollywood...

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