I have this political cartoon posted outside of my office door; as a kid growing up, I recall thinking that I would not live long enough to see adulthood. During those early 3rd – 5th grade years, the Soviet Union was not a stable state. It seemed that the office of the premier was a revolving door. As a kid, I often constructed mental maps of the world with my hand tracing lines from Moscow to various United States cities. Each line represented a nuclear missile; I would even draw a mushroom cloud marking the destruction of a city. And, the 1983 movie The Day After did not help my fears. Warning: Watch this clip at your own risk. I show it every year in my history classes. In honor of Gorby and the end of Communism, I offer this great Pizza Hut commercial.
I was even lucky enough to hear him speak while an undergraduate at Harding University. With his commercials and lucrative speaker fees, I am sure he does not miss Communism.