Thursday, July 10, 2014

The first time Germany played Argentina in the World Cup Final I was an exchange student in Rosenheim, West Germany (1986)

My family has turned into a big soccer family the last couple of years with my two older children playing competive soccer and my five year old on his way...so, we have been watching as many World Cup games as possible.  With the final game set with Germany to face Argentina we see the continuation of a great World Cup rivarly.

When West Germany lost to Argentina in the 1986 World Cup I was an exchange student in Rosenheim, West Germany.  My host family bought me a Rudy Völler World Cup jersey and yesterday I dug it out of my soccer bag.  I have never worn the shirt and should probably have it framed....anyway, I thought I would share the photos of the shirt here as well as a link to the highlights of the 1986 final game from Azteca Stadium!




Monday, July 7, 2014

Eduard Shevardnadze (ედუარდ შევარდნაძე), 25 January 1928 – 7 July 2014


Eduard Shevardnadze (ედუარდ შევარდნაძე)
25 January 1928 – 7 July 2014

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991 and President of Georgia from 1992 to 2003 understood the value of international educational and cultural exchanges.

It's facinating to read about how "General Agreement on Contacts, Exchanges, and Cooperation in Scientific, Technical, Educational, Cultural, and Other Fields" between the United States and the Soviet Union [one of smaller outcomes of the Geneva Summit in November 1985] came about:

"Pact on Exchanges: 200-Hour Wrangle" via The New York Times, November 27, 1985

"General Agreement on Contacts, Exchanges, and Cooperation in Scientific, Technical, Educational, Cultural, and Other Fields" between the United States and the Soviet Union