Our host for the
trip was Dr. Alexander Uvarov, a gracious, educated gentleman. We spent
many evenings enjoying the hospitality of Mr. Uvarov , and his wife Natasha.
Highlights of our trip included visiting the area around Red Square, including
St. Basils, Lenin's Tomb, the GUM department store, and the Kremlin. We
traveled to the home of Alexander the Great, toured an integrated circuit
factory in Zelenograd, enjoyed the ballet "Cinderella" at the National
Russian Theatre, visited with notable academic staff at the USSR Academy
of Sciences, and met with staff at a number of elementary and secondary
schools in Moscow.
an entire evening on the Russian Underground (subway), enjoying the unbelievable
beauty of the various subway stations. These included stained glass windows,
chandelier lighting, tile bas-relief frescos, bronze statues; many seemed
more like museums than like public transportation. There was not a piece
of paper, cigarette butt, or other trash to be found, anywhere. Local music
groups played for the coins that people would toss into their instrument
cases. The trains came and went with a rhythmic predictability; they were
all computer controlled.