Musical statesman

03/03/2014 5:13 PM

03/03/2014 5:14 PM

How curious: an editorial on Van Cliburn and his 1958 Tchaikovsky piano competition in Moscow (see: “Sharing music in memory of Van Cliburn,” Saturday), and your call on the daily STEW asks for Cold War observations regarding the current Ukraine problem.

Wow, all on the same page. I was on the Czech-Russian border as a member of a combat engineer group, one of a half-million U.S. soldiers holding back the Russian threat in 1957-59.

Van Cliburn did more with his piano to change our image with the Russian people than the world knows! All of a sudden, we were “softer and gentler”!

He would have made a great secretary of state as well.

— Don Pittman, Arlington

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