GORBACHEV IN NEW YORK - DECEMBER 7, 1988

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Every so often, something momentous would happen in New York City and I'd feel compelled to take the train into town with a tape recorder to cover it. On December 7, 1988, Mikhail Gorbachev made an historic trip to the city as part of a visit to the United Nations. I spent much of that afternoon trying to track him and his wife Raisa down in various parts of town, including outside the Soviet Mission. What was amazing here - and at so many other events - was how none of the other reporters on the scene really knew just what was going on. It was a fun experience overall, some of which aired on the December 10, 1988 edition of "Brain Damage" (available in our archives).