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WX
01-01-2010, 04:57 PM
Indeed the Soviet Union seemed to be every bit the "evil empire" that Ronald Reagan claimed it to be. I was frightened into good behavior by KGB satellites that were hovering overhead to see if I was trading spy secrets and eating all my peas. I thought people from the Kremlin were lurking around every corner. And the Soviets themselves seemed to be menacing people who lived in the cold, gray world of Siberia, said "Nyet" with cold, gray faces and wore funky fur hats.
Then a little girl in Manchester, Maine, changed the world when she wrote a letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov.


http://www.commondreams.org/views02/1016-04.htm

PeterSibley
01-01-2010, 06:17 PM
Thanks Gary .

The Bigfella
01-01-2010, 06:27 PM
That's a good one Gary.

Note that there's also a conspiracy theory....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith#Death

Mrleft8
01-01-2010, 08:09 PM
Dead girls tell no lies.....

Keith Wilson
01-01-2010, 08:14 PM
The Russians issued a stamp in her honor. Good idea.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d0/USSR_stamp_S.Smith_1985_5k.jpg/150px-USSR_stamp_S.Smith_1985_5k.jpg

Hwyl
01-01-2010, 08:18 PM
She is rarely mentioned here in Maine.