John Skelly reads the writing on the back of a photograph of himself and Fidel Castro in 1959 Havana. Skelly grew up in Banes, Cuba, where his father ran the railroad for United Fruit. His neighbors were the Diaz-Balarts. As a newsman, he was there when Fidel Castro marched triumphant into Havana and he briefly served as Fidel's press secretary. June 3, 2015.
John Skelly reads the writing on the back of a photograph of himself and Fidel Castro in 1959 Havana. Skelly grew up in Banes, Cuba, where his father ran the railroad for United Fruit. His neighbors were the Diaz-Balarts. As a newsman, he was there when Fidel Castro marched triumphant into Havana and he briefly served as Fidel's press secretary. June 3, 2015. CHARLES TRAINOR JR MIAMI HERALD STAFF
John Skelly reads the writing on the back of a photograph of himself and Fidel Castro in 1959 Havana. Skelly grew up in Banes, Cuba, where his father ran the railroad for United Fruit. His neighbors were the Diaz-Balarts. As a newsman, he was there when Fidel Castro marched triumphant into Havana and he briefly served as Fidel's press secretary. June 3, 2015. CHARLES TRAINOR JR MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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