Missile watching: The sport that never was

by Patty Templeton

A January 5, 1958, article from The Durango Herald stated, “…within 10 years, Americans will think no more of missiles flying overhead than they do airplanes.”

Ye gods, that is a horrifying thought. The U.S. was roughly 10 years into the Cold War. Normalization of the military industrial complex had begun. So, you could go see the new Broadway musical, “West Side Story.” Or, if you didn’t live in New York, maybe you’d hit up the picture show for Elvis’ new feature, “Jailhouse Rock.” Or, if all of that sounded boring? Maybe a date could take you to missile watch instead.

Is that a rocket in your pocket, America? Or are you just happy to see me? Yowza.

Patty Templeton


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