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Here’s yet another “Page From The Past” I would like to share with you in the name of better understanding, and for peace and love. Please don’t think that I’m sharing this in the name of my own publicity or for proud glory ! No, I don’t stream to proud glory so ! What’s glory ? Just an illusory haze!.. I stream toward helping others to know That there is joy in what one creates. Creates, so that thee’d be more light, And so that evil ones do not rejoice !.. May thsi planet circle the Cosmos aright A gift of God, for people’s choice ! ___ Igor Mikhailusenko *************************** ******************* Gentlemen, the press ! The following appeared in “The Pittsburgh Press”, on Sunday, July 9, 1989 * (34 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, Pa.15230, P.O.Box 566 — Telephone /412/ 263- 1100). ___________________________ ______________________ Give Light and the People Will Find Their Own Way THE PITTSBURGH PRESS Sunday, July 9, 1989 ___________________________ __________________ Goodwill mission Visiting Moscow poet proselytizes for peace By Erin O. Patton The Pittsburgh Press HE IS on a one-man crusade, dedicating his life to promoting world peace and understanding through his writings. He calls it “my dream”, but he will be the firsr to tell you that dreams can come true. Moscow poet Igor Mikhailusenko, 57, is staying with friends in the Mon Valley during his third visit to the United States, eagerly awaiting the moment when another of his dreams will come true — a new pair of artificial legs. But Mikhailusenko says that his primary mission in the U.S. is the furtherance of peace — to help bridge the communication gap between the United States and the U.S.S.R. throgh his writings and travels. “I want to learn about the positive things in the U.S. and share them with my fellow countrimen who have never wexperienced America.” His work in promoting peace has earned him many honors. He received the Badge of Honor from the Moscow Peace Committee in 1982 and was recognized by the United Poets Laureate International gor his efforts toward world brotherhood and peace through poetry in 1987. Perhaps his highest honor was writing the theme song for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, “Shine Out Just Like a Star, Our Sporting Planet, “which was [published in 90 languages. No matter what the language, Mikhailusenko believes that countries must revove a serious barrier if peace is ever to be achieved. “We must eliminate stereotypes and no longer see ourselves as enemies, “he said. “It’s up to us. There are no international laws asking us to be friends.” His mission is fueled by his first- hand encounter with the horrors of war as a child, living in Moscow during World War II. His mother worked day and night in a factory while his father was killed in the Nazi invasion of Moscow in 1942. ================ ============= “I seek to know what happiness is, and I came to America to search for happiness.” __ Igor Mikhailusenko ================ ============ That same year, Mikhailusenko, then 10, had just stepped down from a streetcar in Moscow when an air- raid siren sounded and sent the crowd darting toward shelte. During the panic, Mikhailusenko was thrown under the streetcar’s wheels. The trolley severed both his legs, the left leg cut at the mid-calf and the right leg at the knee. “I could see them on the ground next to me,“ he said. Since then, he has walked on outdated wooden limbs that strap to his legs at the knee. Recently, Mikhailusenko received word that US Air will fly him free to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he will stay three weeks for casting, fitting and therapy for a new set of sophisticated artificial legs being donated by Mahnekes Co. He is scheduled to leave for Florida tomorrow. “I am very thankful for what I am being given,” Mikhailusenko said. “I seek to know what happiness is, and I came to America to search for happiness.” Mikhailusenko’s pursuit of peace and happiness has led him to seek answers from world leaders, including such influential UI.S. politicians as former President Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. His latest quest is a letter to President Bush asking him for the president’s views on peace into the year 2000. “I want to know what the president’s opinion is on what the beginning of the third millennium will bring to humanity in the social, cultural and technological sphere. “I wish to understand what man has created that is worthy to be the source of further progress and happiness of mankind in future years.” Mikhailusenko said he anticipates a reply from President Bush and hopes to have that reply printed, in its entirety, in Soviet publications. When he was in the United States last summer, Mikhailusenko received a spiritual gift that increased his zeal for peace. He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He said the Mormon Church has given him the joy he has longed for. “I wanted to find happiness. After baptism, I felt happiness come into my life. It was the culmination of a lifetime of experiences.” Mikhailusenko said he is the first Soviet since 1917 to become a Mormon. He aid he expects no conflicts wsith his countrymen and even has plans to build a Mormon church in Moscow to acquaint other Soviets with its tenets. “They will be surprised, but hopefully the Lord will bless me and bring me on contact with others who are searching for truth. Because only through spiritual sdevelopment can we achieve peace. ” Mikhailusenko hopes to obtain an extended work visa by assuming a job as a translator for the Mormon Church to prolong his stay in the United States for 11 months. ” Meanwhile, he will continue writing and publishing works dedicated to his ultimate dream: the peaceful disarmament of nuclear weapons by the year 2000. Without it, he says, the ugly face of war will frown upon the earth once again. He writes: “I am human, one of many many. For the survival of us all I bear responsibility. “ ------------------------------------------------------------------ That was from “The Pittsburgh Press ”, ( Pittsburgh, Pa.) Sunday, July 9, 1989. ============================= ======================================= NOTE BENE ! ************************ LETTER OF U.S. PRESIDENT While travelling in the United States this summer I wrote a letter to President George Bush in which I shared with him my thoughts about peace. Soon I received his reply (dated August 7, 1989) : “Dear Igor, Your wonderful letter has just come to my attention. Thank you for your kind words and warm greetings. Barbara joins me in welcoming you to the United States of America. We wish you well and hope your medical treatment in Florida was successful. I want to thank you for sharing with me your views on peace. Ours is a changing world, full of hope, new technologies and, most of all, new friendships. Like you, I look forward to a peaceful future between great powers — a peace full of prosperity and freedom for all peoples. The United States and the Soviet Union have begun a new relationship. It ’s a relationship that demands realism, but has shown real progress in a better understanding between our two natiions. When we have kept to the principles of realism and strength, dialogue and engagement, we have succeeded in advancing both peace and freedom. My Administration remains committed to these tenets of international harmony. Igor, the entire Bush family wishes you full health and every happiness in the future. Sincerely, George Bush. ” How wonderful that people can freely share their views on peace ! Igor Mikhailusenko, poet Moscow, U.S.S.R. _____________________________________________ That was from “NEW TIMES ” Magazine, ( NOTE BENE ! ! ! No. 39, The year 1989, which appeared in Moscow, Russia in Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguse, Italian, Polish, Chech and Greek languages, since June 1943.

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