52 years ago Oct. 9, a former Secretary of State dictated a letter to a 15 year-old kid who yearned to enter the noble life of politics. Acheson was a leading architect of Harry Truman’s Cold War foreign policy, and he is remembered for keeping the peace. In October 1962, he advised President Kennedy to respond to Soviet missiles in Cuba by sending in the Air Force. As we now know, local Soviet commanders had authority to respond to attacks with nukes, so Acheson’s advice could have resulted in a nuclear conflagration. Fortunately, JFK — unlike Truman — ignored Acheson’s advice.