A MAD memento from the Cold War

Published September 27, 2011

My dad was quite a fan of MAD Magazine in the Fifties and Sixties. I suppose he discovered it on his first visit to the U.S. in 1959. I inherited his love for the magazine and I bought it myself in the late Seventies and early Eighties. I've saved both his and my issues, and while going through them recently I happened to come across a random page that had been separated from its original issue. This issue must have been published in 1959 or so, shortly after Nikita Khrushchev's visit to America in September of that year.

According to Wikipedia, "The first visit by a Soviet premier to the United States resulted in an extended media circus. Khrushchev brought his wife, Nina Petrovna, and adult children with him, though it was not usual for Soviet officials to travel with their families. The peripatetic premier visited New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco (visiting a supermarket), Iowa (visiting Roswell Garst's farm), Pittsburgh, and Washington, concluding with a meeting with US President Eisenhower at Camp David. Khrushchev was supposed to visit Disneyland, but the visit was canceled for security reasons, much to his disgruntlement."

So if you're fascinated by the Cold War, like I am, you may find this "ad" amusing.