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November 5, 1989 | DON SHANNON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the most dramatic clash of Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev's coast-to-coast tour: The mayor of Los Angeles stood up and informed the visitor that his people would never bury America, as the fiery Soviet leader had threatened to do. As a banquet audience gasped, Khrushchev tossed aside a prepared speech and ripped into Mayor Norris Poulson with a scathing reply. For young Viktor Sukhodrev, the interpreter, it was a nightmare.
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November 5, 1989 | DON SHANNON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the most dramatic clash of Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev's coast-to-coast tour: The mayor of Los Angeles stood up and informed the visitor that his people would never bury America, as the fiery Soviet leader had threatened to do. As a banquet audience gasped, Khrushchev tossed aside a prepared speech and ripped into Mayor Norris Poulson with a scathing reply. For young Viktor Sukhodrev, the interpreter, it was a nightmare.
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January 24, 1999 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
Not long after Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's jet airliner touched down at LAX in 1959, the squat, burly Russian made two requests: One was to visit Disneyland; the other was to meet John Wayne, Hollywood's top box-office draw. Security concerns and the Cold War prevented the world leader from visiting the fantasy-inspired mecca of American consumerism, but he did get to meet Hollywood's most outspoken defender of what some would call an equally imagined American way of life.
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December 8, 1987 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
When President Reagan speaks privately to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev about eliminating nuclear weapons this week, the one thing Dimitry Zarechnak hopes Reagan will not say is "Well, I guess we better punt." Zarechnak would have to pass that message along to Gorbachev in Russian, which would be problematical since there is no American-style football, thus no punts, in the Soviet Union. Metaphors Present Problems "Reagan is hard to do because of that.
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