Monday, August 27, 2012

The way we were...Fidel Castro says, 'Come on down'

Less than three weeks after Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista was chased out of Havana on New Year's Eve 1958 by Fidel Castro and his rebels, an ad for Meyer Lansky's Havana Riviera, signed by Castro appeared in the entertainment section of the Miami News on Jan. 18, 1959.

In the ad, Castro invites American tourists and businessmen back to Cuba and adds, "We are back to normal in Cuba, a Cuba where there is liberty, peace and order; a beautiful land of happy people."

Ironically, those quotes by Castro appeared five days earlier, also in the Miami News, in an AP dispatch that reported Castro's execution of 145 Batista supporters.

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