After watching the Oscar nominated movie "Bridge of Spies," Gary asks dad about his memories of the Cold War - touching both on the history of the events and his perspective as an Egyptian. Dad recalls the two times the American military went on high nuclear alert - the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1961 and the Yom Kippur War 12 years later. Dad also teaches Gary how to pronounce "baklava."
We celebrate dad's 80th birthday as he recalls some of his domestic and international travels, a little French history, and some of his problems with language, including on one occasion, demanding his "Jewish holidays."
Dad recalls living through World War II, Egyptian "medicine," a brief detour in the army, and making sure to hide the knives before his first drink.