The 26 lives of Fidel Castro: Dodging exploding cigars and booby-trapped seashells

The longtime Communist ruler of Cuba, Fidel Castro, once declared, “If surviving assassination attempts were an olympic event, I would have the gold metal.” After the 1959 Revolution, Cuba’s rebel leader closed the country to free enterprise, drawing the ire of America’s Cold Warriors then combating Soviet influence across the globe. Deciding they could not tolerate the establishment of a Communist state 90 miles off … Continue reading The 26 lives of Fidel Castro: Dodging exploding cigars and booby-trapped seashells

Sean Connery fights a jealous mobster

“James Bond” star Sean Connery once beat and disarmed Los Angelous mob enforcer, Johnny Stompanato, after the gangster threatened him with a pistol on the set of Another Time, Another Place. Stompanato had flown to Britain after suspecting Lana Turner, his romantic partner and Connery’s co-star, of having an affair with Connery. The mafioso would continue his abusive relationship with Turner until he was stabbed to … Continue reading Sean Connery fights a jealous mobster