Notes

Special Family Thanksgiving Memory – 1962- An Appreciation of the Military

The location was in Kendall, a suburban community south of Miami.

It was Thanksgiving 1962, and in the warm glow of our family’s table were 6 members of an Army missile team, invited by my father, They were operating four Nike missile bases each armed with 18 Hercules missiles read to strike Cuba. The dinner was a month after the Cuban missile crisis when President Kennedy was very close to Nuclear War with the Soviets over missiles broight to Cuba. Millions of Americans stocked up with food.  My Mom bought enough freeze dried food to last a year. The Cuban missile crisis was toned down, the nuclear missiles remained in their silos, but tensions remained high. The soldiers were exhaustedLet’s face it, they were part of the advance units of an invasion of Cuba. We were all traumatized., living in ground zero of possible nuclear destruction. If I had to explain our feelings in one word, that word would be dread. We were especially thankful for the soldiers presence. We had escaped an atomic war. It was a special day that year.  When I drove down U.S. highway one after work, hundreds of military trucks, and armaments, were headed to South Florida. My most missiles secured on the flatbeds

That was 56 years ago. Today we face different challenges, divided philosophies, and yes, dread of a different kind. Again, we have fear, but just as we were in 1962,  we are most thankful for our families, and for the men and women of the armed forces who stand guard, just like those we met at the family table on November 22nd, 1962.

This was first reported on Thanksgiving day  on KYW Newsradio.

MERRILL REESE TO MAKE SPECIAL APPEARANCE

PUBLIC INVITED!  I’LL BE THERE TO INTRODUCE MERRILL. QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD TOO!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

ICONIC VOICE OF THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES MERRILL REESE

APPEARS IN ABINGTON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26

 

Old York Road Temple-Beth Am in Abington celebrates the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win with a special event featuring a speech and question-answer session with Merrill Reese, the voice of the team for more than 40 years. On Monday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m., he will talk about this history-making season, an event for every Eagles fan. This event is open to the public.

The evening’s special program begins with a “Souper Bowl” dinner, a competition among local establishments representing a variety of cuisines. Celebrity judges including Philadelphia Inquirer food writer Michael Klein. Everyone attending will vote for the best soups in various categories. All-you-can-eat soup and hoagies by Lee’s Southampton will be served. All-inclusive admission: $20/adult; $10/child 12 and under. Proceeds from the Souper Bowl will benefit Houston Hurricane Relief and the Social Action Programs of the synagogue.

 

Old York Road Temple-Beth Am is at 971 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001.

www.oyrtbetham.org

215-886-8000

For Further Information:

Marilyn Webster, Program Coordinator

mwebster@oyrtbetham.org