McNamara's personal effects coming to auction
NEW YORK (AP) - It's a whole lot of history - in a little paperweight.
The silver and wood-framed memento was given by President John F. Kennedy to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to mark the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
Fifty years later, the paperweight along with letters, photographs and other items from McNamara's personal effects is going up for auction. Sotheby's is opening the collection for public viewing on Tuesday, and the auction is scheduled for Oct 23.
Mr McNamara, who died in 2009, served as the head of the Pentagon from 1961 to 1968, first for JFK and then for President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was part of that decade's major events - including the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by Cuban emigres in April 1961, the missile crisis, and the escalation of the Vietnam War.