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August 28, 1985 | Associated Press
A Soviet diplomat and actor Robert Wagner joined hundreds of mourners today at a memorial service for 13-year-old peace advocate Samantha Smith and her father, Arthur. "We saw this small girl as the great ambassador," Vladimir Kulagin, the first secretary to the Soviet ambassador to the United States, told reporters before the service. "She was like a ray of sunshine, her smile, her frank openness."
September 7, 1985
We tend to think of child prodigies mainly in terms of achievements in music, chess and mathematics. Samantha Smith was America's prodigy on the battlefield of peace. Her ability to see the arms race in human terms set her apart from the grim old men in Moscow and in Washington. I'd hoped that her new career in television would help to circulate her serious ideas, but perhaps her memory will stimulate some fresh thinking about the central issue of our century. Samantha Smith remains the purest symbol of the healing that's needed to avert catastrophe.
January 10, 1986 | United Press International
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev today thanked a 12-year-old schoolgirl for writing to him and sent her a book on V. I. Lenin, a pair of picture albums and a samovar--but no invitation to the Soviet Union. Sixth-grader Aiko Fukuda received Gorbachev's message and the gifts from Soviet Embassy First Secretary Sergei Kharin at Chukyo University in a brief ceremony in the western city of Nagoya.
August 29, 1985 | Associated Press
A Soviet diplomat and actor Robert Wagner were among about 1,000 persons paying final respects Wednesday to Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl who traveled to the Soviet Union for peace. Reading a statement from Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Vladimir Kulagin, first secretary for cultural affairs at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, recalled Samantha's two-week tour of the Soviet Union in July, 1983, describing her as a "brilliant beam of sunshine."
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