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Cancelled! Above & Beyond: JFK and the Florida U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis
New York Times bestselling author, Michael J. Tougias recounts the little-known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba to secure photographic proof the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles, sparking an international crisis that brought the U.S. and Soviet Union to the brink of war. One pilot was fatally shot down, an incident covered up and later revealed by U-2 pilot Jerry McIlmoyle of Venice, Florida.
Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 29 books. Among his bestsellers are The Finest Hours (Disney Motion Pictures’ version opened in 45 countries in January 2016), Fatal Forecast, Overboard, King Philip’s War, and There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe. Tougias lectures across the country on each of his book topics. He also offers leadership/inspirational programs for business groups, and has spoken to companies and organizations such as General Dynamics, Raytheon, Massachusetts School Library Association, New York University Surgeons Round Table and many more.
This event is funded in part by a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant, in partnership with the Ormond Beach Historical Society.
Date/time: March 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am
Presented By:Michael J. Tougias