She was a really cool kid who went on a huge mission to Russia in July of 1983.
Here's what happened. She wrote a letter to Yuri Andropov who was newly elected to Russia's highest office.
- My name is Samantha Smith. I am ten years old. Congratulations on your new job. I have been worrying about Russia and the United States getting into a nuclear war. Are you going to vote to have a war or not? If you aren't please tell me how you are going to help to not have a war. This question you do not have to answer, but I would like to know why you want to conquer the world or at least our country. God made the world for us to live together in peace and not to fight.
- Samantha Smith
There is a website dedicated to Samantha Smith as well as a Foundation which, for awhile, continued her legacy and brought children from Russia to a camp in Maine, her homestate.
This clip catches you up a bit.
In the event that you understand Russian (Hi Katia) you might want to view this clip of her visit.
And if you want to meet a feisty new Samantha Smith, here she is!