HOUSTON, TX – It was a special night at the Wortham Theater Downtown. Former soviet leader and Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev were in town for a lecture series hosted by the theater.
Gorbachev is credited for bringing democracy to the former U.S.S.R. and was instrumental in toppling the “iron curtain” that had kept Soviet Russia in the dark socially and economically for decades.
He spoke to a packed house about the struggles of emerging democracies and his childhood in western Russia during the regimes of Stalin and Lenin.
He also offered his thoughts on the upcoming U.S. election as well as his hopes for Afghanistan and the nuclear efforts in Iran, saying the U.S. is still the most powerful and effective leader when it comes to stopping irons nuclear quest, but that it can only be done through diplomacy with other nations.
For those of us who call the Houston home, it was an up-close look at a past so easily forgotten and a future just next door.