Clyda Weeks Lutz discusses the U-2 spy incident, preparedness for nuclear attacks, and other aspects of the Cold War that were on people's minds during the early 1960s. Interview on September 26, 2012. (1:51)

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Well, it was just such a-. First of all, we didn't all realize we had spies flying over Russia. At the time the Cold War was definitely on people's minds. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:15.649
They were building bomb shelters. Civil Defense put out all kinds of movies and what have you, how to be prepared for a nuclear attack. 00:00:15.649 - 00:00:29.165
That was big in some people's minds. I never worried about it too much, I really didn't. I mean I didn't encourage my family to do a bomb shelter 00:00:29.165 - 00:00:40.084
or anything but I had contemporaries that did and I know they were stocking up food and all this. So I think for me the Gary Powers incident opened my eyes to the fact: 00:00:40.084 - 00:00:56.834
Well hey, we are out there spying on this world. And then I remember when the Cuban Missile Crisis happened that year also, and I can remember my dad coming home and saying, 00:00:56.834 - 00:01:12.942
"You better buy you a winter coat this year," and I said, "Why?" and he said, "Because we don't know what's going to happen," and he was thinking back to the Second World War, 00:01:12.942 - 00:01:24.286
how scarce so many things got, and thinking that there was a possibility that war was going to reach our shores. I just remember him telling me that, and it was like, oh. Okay. So that was the mindset then. 00:01:24.286 - 00:01:43.972

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