April 22, 1986
The return of Vladimir Horowitz to the Soviet Union last week after an absence of more than 60 years, and his brilliant performance in Moscow Sunday, were momentous events in several respects. Bravos were earned on every count. Regarding the concert itself, it was of course an artistic triumph. That was to be expected of perhaps the greatest pianist of this century. It also demonstrated the intrinsic value of U.S.-Soviet cultural exchange programs that were given new life by President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev at their summit meeting in Geneva last November.
August 6, 1987
A scheduling conflict prevented Gov. Casey from attending the opening yesterday of a "summer summit" on the Chesapeake Bay, hosted by Virginia Gov. Gerald L. Baliles. In his place was Pennsylvania Environmental Resources Secretary Arthur S. Davis, who joined Maryland Gov. Donald Schaefer, Washington Mayor Marion Barry and federal environmental officials for the two- day meeting. It's unfortunate Gov. Casey couldn't attend because he would have been able to personally deliver some encouraging news.
October 16, 1986 |
"There was no connection between these two releases," said President Reagan about the swap of Nicholas Daniloff for Gennadi Zakharov. He added, regarding the Iceland summit, "This is not a summit. " Everyone was amused by these two obvious lies. Only conservatives were fuming that Reagan should agree to meet with a man who had challenged his "personal assurance" that Daniloff was not a spy. William Safire called this "the most far-reaching, calculated personal insult ever delivered to an American president by a Soviet leader . . . Mr. Gorbachev in effect called him a liar.
October 1, 1986
The most surprising outcome of the resolution of the Nicholas Daniloff affair is the scheduling of a meeting of President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Iceland on Oct. 11-12. Labeled as "preparations" for a full-scale summit conference in the United States, this tete-a-tete offers a lot of political benefits, and relatively fewer risks, for both men. But whether it holds the key to an arms accord that contributes to a safer world is a much tougher question. The Iceland meeting will get both leaders off some political hooks.
May 18, 1987 |
Still dressed in tights and ballet shoes, Soviet ballet star Aleksander Lunev dozed peacefully yesterday morning on a brick ledge outside the Glassboro State College auditorium, soaking up some rays just a few feet from where East-West history was made two decades ago. The stocky, blond dancer from the Kirov Ballet, oblivious to the international implications, had fled the rigor of rehearsal and the hubbub of the artistic summit taking place inside....
December 8, 1987 |
As Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived in Washington yesterday for his meeting with President Reagan, working people here expressed optimism about the summit and hopes for better relations between the superpowers. The Soviets interviewed on the subfreezing streets of the capital were well-informed - reflecting the exhaustive media coverage the summit has received here - and apparently earnest. But most of them stayed carefully close to the party line, praising disarmament but rejecting Western interference in issues such as emigration and Afghanistan.
March 21, 2004 |
Getting ready to represent the United States at a simulated summit in El Salvador, Steve Friedman has spent weekends reading up on the depletion of rain forests. The 16-year-old Lower Merion High School sophomore is one of 14 students from Lower Merion and Harriton High Schools traveling to San Salvador this week to explore problems facing Central and South America. The 14 Lower Merion and Harriton students and four more from a handful of other area public schools - including senior Erin Tustin, 17, from Chichester High in Delaware County - will attend the annual "Summit of the Americas.
October 31, 1986
Two sets of parents were very concerned about their two young sons who had accidentally locked themselves in a garage. The boys were fascinated with matches and had taken a box of them into the garage. The garage happened to have a quantity of highly inflammable items - cans of gasoline, kerosene, paints, etc. The garage had a small broken window through which the parents could communicate with their boys. Which of the following procedures would people advise the parents to follow?
January 12, 2003 |
Ten years ago, as I stood atop Mount Shasta in Northern California, ice ax in hand, you could say I was a bit out of my element. I mean, yo, I grew up in Philly. I was a city kid. Adventure to me meant being robbed at knifepoint or, better yet, driving on Lombard Street in Center City. So why the mountain? Some friends asked me to go, and my smoggy new home (Los Angeles) was driving me nuts. Why not? So there I was, after a strenuous day of climbing, a few feet from the summit.
December 13, 1987 |
A Soviet citizen held up the current issue of the weekly newspaper Nedelya and pointed to the cover photograph of Mikhail S. Gorbachev, broadly smiling, in Washington. "Probably, he didn't know what happened in the streets here this week," said the Soviet. He was not himself a dissident or potential emigre, but he was well aware of the violent squelching of demonstrations in Moscow during the "Mikhail and Ron" summit. But Gorbachev did know what happened in Moscow. During his hypnotic news conference Thursday evening in Washington, he was even asked about it - specifically, about what happened last Sunday.