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Old 10-23-2018, 06:06 AM
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Samantha Reed Smith: child actress/child peace activist


I just want to remember a girl who wrote to an "Evil Empire" and made a journey for peace. She became a bit of a celebrity but she kept her feet on the ground. A little girl from Maine led America on a tour of the Soviet Union. She was urbane. charming and cosmopolitan. Just what was needed in the "Second Cold War" of the early eighties.

As i said, Samantha was urbane, cosmopolitan and charming which helped her catch on with the media. I doubt a little girl from Alabama with a honeyed Deep South accent would have succeeded as well - they'd have been much more vulnerable to the "ignorant hick" stereotype. Samantha was an "innocent abroad".

She's pretty in this Lime Street screenshot. The blue dress is nice, but '80s-tastic.

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Even without Samantha Smith's death, Lime Street would still have been destroyed by The Golden Girls, 227, and the complete lack of support from the American Breadcrumbling Company (As Dan Ingram called them).
As I said elsewhere, Samantha Reed Smith should have been cast in a show that was like The Torkelsons or The Wonder Years. She would have made a great Winnie Cooper in an earlier-produced Wonder Years.
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An outstanding girl. Imagine what she would've been today.

Don't let your kids fly airplanes, folks.
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An outstanding girl. Imagine what she would've been today.

Don't let your kids fly airplanes, folks.
Wasn't that a "Bar Harbor burial"?
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in that "blue dress" photo from Lime Street you can see obvious makeup on her face when they do the closeup after she comes down in the dress. She was only 13 but it was the American Bonehead Company.
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Wasn't that a "Bar Harbor burial"?
Yes, my mistake. I mixed Samantha up with Jessica Dubroff, 7, who died trying to be the world's youngest pilot, at the behest of her glory-hungry parents.

Sometimes, I can't tell one flash in the pan little media darling from another.
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Yes, my mistake. I mixed Samantha up with Jessica Dubroff, 7, who died trying to be the world's youngest pilot, at the behest of her glory-hungry parents.

Sometimes, I can't tell one flash in the pan little media darling from another.
Bar Harbor Airways were always an adventure. Was flying to Bangor one time and they lead us out to a multi-engine (props) tail dragger. Pilot starts things up, then starts beating on a gauge to get it to come up.

Real confidence inspiring.
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Ah, yes, Jessica Dubroff and "Can you hear the rain, Mommy?"
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