smithpr on October 22nd, 2008

Thank you for taking the time and initiative to put together this marvelous — and beautiful — site for the alumni of the USIA exhibits program.  It was a wonderful experience for hundreds of young and not so young Americans who had studied Russian but had never had a real Russian experience.  And what an experience.  What an impact it had on each and every one of us.  That’s why I think the guide alumni network is so tight even today, decades after the final USIA exhibit closed down its button and brochure stand for the last time.  This site will help us stay in touch as the years continue to slip by and we continue to do our own things.  I’d like to add my two cents worth with a few pages of photos I took during a couple of the exhibits I worked with, Outdoor Recreation and Photo USA, and during a guide reunion organized by the U.S. Embassy and Carnegie Foundation in June 2007.  The photos are posted at

<> and pretty much speak for themselves.

Thanks again, John!  This should be fun.  Paul

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2 Responses to “Поздравляю, Джон!”

  1. Paul, those are terrific photos! Thanks for posting them. I’m working on a galler for the website that everyone can use. I’ll add a link to your gallery here on the blog and on the website. John

  2. John: Thanks for setting this up. Great idea.

    Paul: As usual, your photos are terrific.

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