Cold War Involvement
The United states boycotted the 1980 Olympic Games and even started the “Star Wars” missile defense system. These conflicts and this war affected the entire world, not just the politicians and military generals. While Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev were in nuclear negotiations, there were men, like my grandfather Mike O’Regan, who had to work and put food on the table, and young women, like my mother Karen O’Regan, who had to go to school. There were times of hope, and times of fear. One thing is completely certain, Different generations of American citizens had different experiences regarding the U.S. involvement in the Cold war.
My Mother who is 49 currently, though doesn’t look a day over 25, was a child and young woman during the end of the Cold War. As a young girl she doesn’t remember much regarding the international conflict, she feels that it did not affect her childhood at all. As she began to get older she discovered more and more about the Cold War, and how could she not, Headlines of Nuclear weapons and Olympic boycotts consumed the news. Though all of this was going on not much changed, she was a teen and had more important things to deal with like dating and fashion. My mother’s interest in the Cold War truly began