Take some time and catch ‘Affair in Havana’

We remember Raymond Burr, known to most of us as Perry Mason. He was born on this day in 1917 and died in 1993. Back in 1956, Burr was in Cuba working on “Affair in Havana.” Burr played Mal Mallabee, a rich businessman confined to a wheelchair as the result of a boating accident. Mallabee hired an investigator to look into his wife Lorna (Sara Shane) who is allegedly having an affair with Nick Douglas, an American living and working in Cuba played by John Cassavetes.   

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Getting the news in Cuba and hearing ‘Take the A-train’

We remember Duke Ellington, who was born on this day in 1899 in Washington, D.C. He became one of the legendary jazz figures of music history.  Ellington died in 1974. In the early 1960s, my family was in Cuba and struggling to get honest information about everything.  We would often hear the news from the Spanish and English editions of The Voice of America.  

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1898: Remembering the Maine one more time

On this day in 1898, the USS Maine exploded in Havana harbor. Not much later, President McKinley called on the US Congress to declare war on Spain. McKinley tried to keep a distance from the terrible situation in Cuba and the long and bloody war of independence. However, everything changed after that explosion, which caught the interest of newspapers and their readers in the US.

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Jackie Robinson and Cuba in 1947

We remember Jackie Robinson, who was born in Cairo, Georgia, on this day in 1919 and died October 24, 1972. It was Robinson who broke the color line in 1947 and turned into one of the key players in those Dodgers teams that won the NL pennant in 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956. The Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in the 1955 World Series. Along the way, he won the 1949 National League MVP and selected to The Hall of Fame in 1962.

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