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JULY 11, 2012


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we continue our report of Chapter 11 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.

The title of Chapter 11 is The Showdown with Khrushchev.

Kenneth O’Donnell sums up the summit meeting in Vienna between President John F. Kennedy & Premier Nikita Khrushchev this way:

“Even though (the) meeting in Vienna ended in flat disagreement on the two big issues, Berlin* & nuclear testing, both of them gained an understanding & a respect for each other.”

Kenny goes on to write that later Khrushchev sent JFK a model of an American whaler made of walrus tusk & whalebone.

But not only that, he sent “Pushinka”, a direct offspring of Russian space dog, “Strelka”.**

Pushinka, Pierre Salinger’s Office, Photo by Robert L. Knudsen, JFK Library Image


*The Berlin Crisis ended on October 21, 1961 when Khrushchev announced that he was not going to insist on signing a separate treaty with East Germany before the end of the year.

**Jackie had asked the Premier to send her one of the puppies, but she didn’t really think he would.


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