President Eienhower, having recently come from meetings with visiting Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, feared the strike would delay progress on the missile programs that were essential for the national defense in the face of the Cold War threat of the Soviet Union.

On a recent gray windy Monday morning, two young men could be found looking up and apparently studying intensely the sculpture of a Native American man that graces the corner of the Pennsylvania Power & Light Company’s Tower building at 9th and Hamilton Street.

According to someone who knew her well, May Virginia Kunz Valencik, the head librarian of the Allentown Public Library from 1942 to 1963, was “half cyclone and half woman.”

If you were a newcomer to Allentown circa 1900 and were walking down Hamilton Street, you probably would not have given a passing pedestrian in a dark broadcloth suit, wire rimmed glasses and droopy moustache a second glance.

In his senior year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, gifted with good looks and intelligence, the son of one of the leading architects in town, he had a lot to look forward to. But before the month of September was out, family tragedy would turn it upside down.

The rainy, cool weather over the Lehigh Valley on Saturday, March 26, 1932 was not the kind made for lingering outdoors. Yet the sidewalks of Allentown were full of umbrella-holding residents numbering in the thousands.