"PS it wasn't tricky dicky it was Kennedy at the time of the missile crisis"
I was not referring to Nixon at the time of the missile crisis.
Castro met Nixon (who was US vice Pres at time?) some time after the revolution, he was the one who made life difficult for Castro and Cuba by talking crap back at Washington, this sent Castro to the open arms of the USSR. Apparently Castro had tried to explain to the US what he was doing and why plus wanting to have assure the larger neighbour, Nixon put a stop to that. Or course this paraphrases history but the general just it right.
The news coverage is what I recall about the missile crisis, all WW3 at any minute. As a youngster it scared me with all the talk nuc's and missiles.
The thing that has proven Cuba as a great country is how they managed after Russian stopped supporting them, particularly in food production. It's a model for what could be done here.
Castro was still a git to many people though.