1972-August 25, 1985)
"Actually, the whole thing started when I asked my mother if there
was going to be a war. There was always something on
television about missiles and nuclear bombs. Once I watched a
science show on public television and the scientists said that a
nuclear war would wreck the Earth and destroy the atmosphere.
Nobody would win a nuclear war. I remembered that I woke up
one morning and wondered if this was going to be the last day of the
asked my mother who would start a war and why. She showed me a
news magazine with a story about America and Russia, one that had a
picture of the new Russian leader, Yuri Andropov, on the cover.
We read it together. It seemed that the people in both Russia
and America were worried that the other country would start a
nuclear war. It all seemed so dumb to me. I had learned
about the awful things that had happened during World War II, so I
thought that nobody would ever want to have another war. I
told Mom that she should write to Mr. Andropov to find out who was
causing all the trouble. She said, "Why don't
you write to him?" So I did."
goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world that has such people in't!
in the Tempest
When Samantha Smith was killed in a plane crash on August 25, 1985,
millions of people all over the world grieved as if for their own
child. For, in a way, she was a child of the world - a symbol
of childhood itself, a guardian of our dreams and hopes for children
everywhere. The heads of the two most powerful nations on
earth sent condolences to Samantha's mother, Jane1:
"Everyone in the Soviet Union who has known
Samantha Smith will forever remember the image of the American
girl who, like millions of Soviet young men and women, dreamt
about peace, and about friendship between the peoples of the
United States and the Soviet Union."
"Perhaps you can take some measure of comfort in
the knowledge that millions of Americans, indeed millions of
people, share the burdens of your grief. They also will
cherish and remember Samantha, her smile, her idealism and
unaffected sweetness of spirit."
-- Ronald Reagan
"Citizen Diplomats -
Pathfinders in Soviet American Relations." by Gale Warner and
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