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By the Spring of 1960 the Castro Regime in Cuba began to show its true colors: imprisoning editors and reporters; nationalizing all foreign companies, outlawing private property and killing political rivals. The steady stream of refugees into Miami began in earnest - but despite all tthis a number of Americans still believed that there was some good to be seen in the new Cuba:

"[Tonight Show host] Jack Paar spoke up for Castro, but Ed Sullivan turned against him. Joe Louis is a Fidel fan, but Jackie Robinson refused an invitation to Havana. Ernest Hemingway considers Castro a colleague in beards and admires him greatly, but Tennessee Williams no longer does.Former President Harry Truman thinks Fidel should gat a shave and a new suit; Adlai Stevenson says he ought to get more sleep."

The journalist who penned this article lived with Castro and his brothers in arms during the revolution - he once had the highest regard for the man; but during the summer of 1960 he was beginning to figure out who this Cuban really was.

Pictured below are a handful of celebrities who were hoodwinked by Cuba's "Maximum Leader": Ernest Hemingway, Maureen O'Hare, Alec Guinness and Boxer Joe Louis.

       • Watch Fidel Castro Say Sweet Lies on the Ed Sullivan Show (1959) •


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Castro Shows His Hand... (Pageant Magazine, 1960)

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Castro Shows His Hand... (Pageant Magazine, 1960)

Castro Shows His Hand... (Pageant Magazine, 1960)

Castro Shows His Hand... (Pageant Magazine, 1960)

Castro Shows His Hand... (Pageant Magazine, 1960)

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Castro Shows His Hand... (Pageant Magazine, 1960)

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