1961

Kenna NM 1961
Kenna New Mexico, 1961, Atlas Missiles

Our Ford Falcon above, parked at Kenna, has a white top.

 

We almost forgot how the Cold War heated up in 1961:

1961 The cold war continued to worsen with the USSR exploding some very large bombs during testing and then masterminding the building of the Berlin Wall separating East from West Berlin, America sent a battle group to Germany and Americans and Russians Glared at each other across the border, due to this uncertainty many Americans built backyard fallout shelters in case of nuclear war. To make matters worse the Americans financed anti-Castro Cubans for an invasion at the bay of pigs which was an unmitigated disaster. The Soviets put the first man in space on April 12th Yuri Gagarin followed by the US in May with Alan Shepard. Popular music included Chubby Checker’s “Pony Time” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by the Shirelles, and top movies included “West Side Story” and “The Parent Trap.”  {http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1961.html}

Age 26 with a 26 year old wife and a 1 year old daughter, we traveled by Ford Falcon to Roswell, New Mexico to install Atlas Missiles that would further balance the cold war in favor of the US.  Same type of construction underground, in theory for survival from a “near miss” of a Russian ICBM with a nuclear warhead; however you that have traveled in the plains of New Mexico the approximately 90 miles from Roswell to Portales know there are no mountains as shown in this photo.atlas missile site

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