Monday, October 25, 2010
AS SEEN IN:
"The Missiles Of October"
AS PLAYED BY:
George Whelan Anderson, Jr. (December 15, 1906 – March 20, 1992) was an Admiral in the United States Navy. He served as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) between 1961 and 1963, and was in charge of the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
As Chief of Naval Operations in charge of the United States' quarantine of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, Admiral Anderson distinguished himself in the Navy's conduct of those operations; Time magazine featured him on the cover and called him "an aggressive blue-water sailor of unfaltering competence and uncommon flair." However, [he had a] contentious relationship with Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, who viewed Anderson's behavior as mutiny. McNamara sabotaged his 36-year Navy career, and cut his service as Chief of Naval Operations short in 1963. Many had believed Anderson's next appointment would have been to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
After losing his commission over disrespect shown to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara during the Cuban missile crisis, President John F. Kennedy appointed Admiral Anderson Ambassador to Portugal, where he served for three years and encouraged plans for the peaceful transition of Portugal's African colonies to independence. He later returned to Government service from 1973 to 1977 as member and later chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
There are times when I'm putting up an ASOTV post when it brings me some pleasure as it gives a spotlight to an actor whom I enjoy and for whom I'm happy to provide the showcase.
With Kenneth Tobey, this is one of those times.