Today is the 45th anniversary of the launch of that little item above. Here's a perspective from five years ago. A summary of the National Defense Education Act of 1958 (mentioned by Doris Kearns Goodwin) gives some idea of the government reaction. Notice the loyalty oath.
NPR had a reminiscence from Walter Cronkite today on All Things Considered; it was interesting to hear his viewpoint, complete with contemporaneous clips.Posted by Linkmeister at October 4, 2002 04:12 PM