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March

25

1985

March 25, 1985



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Diary Entry - 03/25/1985

Monday, March 25, 1985

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Awakened at 7 A.M. by Bud M. An American Major based in East Germany was shot by a Soviet guard in what has to be called murder. The Major was one of 14 U.S. mil. in East G.—the Soviets have 14 in W. Germany. Our man was only doing what both sides are permitted—indeed are supposed to do. The sentry opened fire—they kept the Sgt. pinned down so he couldn’t get to the Major (37 yrs. old) and administer 1st aid. The Soviet medics arrived one hour later. The Major had died. This was Sperlings annual press brkfst. in our St. dining room. It was an hour or more of Q&A. No ringers. Everything went well. Later in the office Max Kampelman arrived from Geneva.

He spent the day lobbying Congressmen on the MX & at 6:30 was on a plane heading back to Geneva. Had a good meeting with more than 100 Central Am. Leaders. They can really lift your morale. Then a meeting with Mayors, leaders of groups like Big Brothers etc. to kick off a lobbying effort in behalf of a lower minimum wage for teenagers in summer jobs. Then some more phone calls to Congressmen & finally a meeting in the East room with about 180 Congressmen to hear Max Kampelman do Q&A on the MX. Home & Mother.