The Cold War is defined as a period of hostility and political
tension between the Soviet Union and the United States of America from after
World War II in 1945 through 1990, when the Berlin Wall fell (Halperin and
Woods 1990). This era was certainly a trying time for world leaders, diplomats,
politicians, and the military. But how did ordinary people in Bergen County,
New Jersey handle the looming threat of Nuclear War?
Courtesy of Emanuel Einstein Memorial Library: Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
Albert Payson Terhune was born on December 21, 1872 in Newark, New Jersey (2003). He is pictured here with his second wife Anice Terhune on the porch of their home on the Sunnybank estate property-now known as a literary landmark (and dog park) (Haggin, 1999). Terhune is an author (best known for his dog stories) with one of his more popular books being “Lad: A Dog” (1999). He had a love of dogs and his stories made an impact on many of his readers in a profound way-“…in some ineffable way he transmuted his great loves into the hearts of other people so that they loved them almost as intensely as he did” (Irving, 1977: 7). Continue reading →