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he U.S. economy was literally firing on all cylinders. Detroit was producing 93% of all cars sold in America and exporting another 43% of the world’s. In 1964 Ford introduced the Mustang, a new breed of sports car the pony car - small and powerful. Chevy brought out the Camaro in ’67 to go head to head with the Mustang. Dodge’s answer was the Charger and two companies that no longer exist but were very much active players in the car wars were Pontiac with their GTO and Plymouth with the Barracuda. These cars were no-nonsense, no frills steel bodies wrapped around a 400 horse power V8 engine. A push button radio and power front disc brakes were offered as options. In November of 1960 John Kennedy was the elected the 35th President of the U.S. He was young and charismatic, as was his wife Jackie. Although not wildly supported by the old-guard politicians of Washington, his vigor and vision resonated with America’s youth. Under his brief tenure Kennedy and his administration backed an unsuccessful coup of Cuba to over through Fidel Castro who had himself over thrown Batista, the former President/Dictator of Cuba, scarcely two years before. The Bay of Pigs (as it was called) fiasco set the stage for the strained U.S.–Cuban relations throughout eight U.S. presidents and 45 years. The Soviet Union supported Castro and Cuba, and because the

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