To: Little Bill
I Worked with a few Russians, great to drink with though they get morose.
Yes, Leonid Florentiev was somewhat morose but who could blame him? All his life he had grown up under a system that turned out ultimately to be a fraud. I guess I was just lucky to be present when all his grievances against the system bubbled to the surface. BTW, I was quite surprised that his outburst did not appear in the news but considering that L.A. primary newspaper is the L.A. Times, maybe not so surprising.
posted on 01/06/2002 2:29:57 PM PST
posted on 01/06/2002 2:30:39 PM PST
P.J., Russians have the tradition of the wise fool, kinda like Punch and Judy. If you want to speak out against the Czar (Stalin), the madman in the market speaks for all. what are you going to do with a mad man? (Kill Him, Stalin recognized this type of protest.)
Even the commies needed some type of feed back and the humor mags provided it.
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