“Don’t you just hate people who drop in unexpectedly?” So went the text on the poster for the 1966 move “The Russians Are Coming.” The Russians dropped in on Manitowoc unexpectedly on September 5, 1962.
We have to remember that these events took place during the height of the Cold War – the “Red Scare” was a very real thing to Americans in those days. In fact, “Red Nightmare” – an anti-communist propaganda Armed Forces Information Film was shown on American television in 1962. It is posted below, if you are interested - a little under a half-hour long and very "Twilight-Zone-esque." (Narrated by Jack Webb - of "Dragnet" fame - and watch for a brief appearance by Robert Conrad, who would later star in the popular sixties show "The Wild Wild West.")
A brass ring was placed in the street in 1964 to mark the site of the impact and in 1987 a stone marker was placed in the curb between the sidewalk and the street. See the brass ring and the stone marker up close – and be here and help us “pay tribute to a piece of aerial garbage made in Russia” – we promise it’s nothing "communistic." See you on September 8! Planet Terry