Talk Turkey, Cuba and missiles

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Royal D. Alworth Institute for International Studies is hosting a reading of “My Turkish Missile Crisis: A Memoir from the Frontline of October 1962,” by University of Minnesota Duluth English professor Joseph Maiolo, who served as an Air Force lieutenant assigned to oversee nuclear warheads during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. today at Weber Hall, 1151 University Drive in Duluth. A reception and book signing follow the reading. Books will be available at the event.

Maiolo arrived in western Turkey during the first days of the Cuban Missile Crisis. He immediately was informed that he would be in charge of the nuclear warheads for 15 Jupiter missiles located within 150 miles of the Russian border. While the crisis seemed to play out between Cuba, the U.S. and the Soviet Union, Maiolo dramatizes the “other story” taking place in Turkey in a compelling and frightening account of his experiences on the front line of the Cold War.