Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ed Sullivan Stuck Out His Neck On Fidel--Was He Ever Wrong

One of the most wonderful parts of writing a novel in the days of the Internet are the limitless resources that are only a click a way. There are a lot of film clips about Cuba both before the revolution and afterwards that are free and easily found. I happened upon this link which shows Ed Sullivan interviewing Fidel Castro in Havana within weeks of Batista being overthrown. Here's a shot from the archives of the Chicago Tribune:

Click on the link below to see a video of  how Fidel completely pulled the wool over Ed Sullivan's eyes:

I wonder if Ed Sullivan ever looked back to see how thoroughly he was duped. Castro played him like a proverbial violin.

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