Here there be Dragons!

BerlinAbout a million years ago, I was in the army, and my buddy Glenn Blondin and I went to Berlin.  The Berlin Wall “fell” in November, and we were there in December, after numerous souvenir hunters had pounded large holes in the wall.  As luck would have it, an East German guard was on the other side of the wall that day, and someone snapped a picture of us shaking hands.  I have had the opportunity to talk a little about the Cold War with my Russian hosts, and it is interesting.  I get the impression that it wasn’t really a big deal here in Ufa.  Hard to say.  The Russians are very polite, maybe they don’t want me to feel bad about it.  Every Russian I have met has been very polite and helpful.

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  1. That is actually the conclusion I have come to also. I wrote about a delegation of Russians who came to American in 1955, at the height of the Cold War, to visit farms and look at farm machinery. They ate 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners every day because the people in the small towns they visited were so hospitable. In between farmer’s wives brought coffee and sandwiches for them to eat. The governor of South Dakota sent his plane to take them to a Holiday on Ice show in Huron, where they received a standing ovation when introduced to the crowd. I am getting old, when I just sit around and complain about the government all day…

  2. Makes me believe if it were not for governments, there wouldn’t be Cold Wars. Americans are nice people and Russians are nice people. Governments seem to be the problem.

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