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Information USA (Informatika USA)


1987-1989

After an eight-year break, Information USA resumed the tradition with a dynamic exhibition that focused on the developing information age of computers and mass communication. The exhibit toured Moscow, Kiev, Rostov-on-Don, Tbilisi, Tashkent, Irkutsk, Magnitogorsk, Leningrad, and Minsk.

[Photos by Amanda Merullo]


Rostov-on-Don, 1987: Russians wait in line for the exhibit to open. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Russians wait in line for the exhibit to open.
Rostov-on-Don, 1987: Overview of the Exhibit Floor. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Overview of the Exhibit Floor.
Rostov-on-Don, 1987: Guide Liz Kain discusses computer graphics with a group of Russians. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Guide Liz Kain discusses computer graphics with a group of Russians.
1987: Russian visitor checks out a flight simulator at Information USA. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Russian visitor checks out a flight simulator at Information USA.
1987: Guide Jennifer Brenner shows off Russian signage, Information USA. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Guide Jennifer Brenner shows off Russian signage, Information USA.
1987: Guide Bridget Farley with Russian visitor in an American station wagon. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Guide Bridget Farley with Russian visitor in an American station wagon.
1987: Guide Tim Frye demonstrates computer software. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Guide Tim Frye demonstrates computer software.
Moscow, 1987: America's founders line walls at Information USA's main exhibit hall. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
America’s founders line walls at Information USA’s main exhibit hall.
1987: Assistant Director John Aldriedge with Guide Tony Teeter look at the weekly schedule for the guides on Information USA. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Assistant Director John Aldriedge with Guide Tony Teeter look at the weekly schedule for the guides on Information USA.
Moscow, 1987: Guide Mark Seymour makes a point about computers to Russian VIPs to the Information USA exhibit. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Guide Mark Seymour makes a point about computers to Russian VIPs to the Information USA exhibit.
1987: Crowds at Information USA. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Crowds at Information USA.
1987: Guides take a break in the lounge. From left, Jana Fankhauser, Dawn Stockbridge, Bridget Farley, Melinda Goodrich, Jan Eklund. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Guides take a break in the lounge. From left, Jana Fankhauser, Dawn Stockbridge, Bridget Farley, Melinda Goodrich, Jan Eklund.
1987: Guide Melinda Goodrich talks about agriculture on the farm stand, Information USA. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Guide Melinda Goodrich talks about agriculture on the farm stand, Information USA.
1987: Guide Kris Easter exchanges views with young Soviets, Information USA.  [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Guide Kris Easter exchanges views with young Soviets, Information USA. 
1987: Guide Liz Hill demonstrates handheld video camera, a new technology in 1987, at the Information USA exhibit. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Guide Liz Hill demonstrates handheld video camera, a new technology in 1987, at the Information USA exhibit.
1987: Guide Jennifer Brenner answers questions about America at the Information USA exhibit. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Guide Jennifer Brenner answers questions about America at the Information USA exhibit.
Moscow, 1987: Soviet policemen look over visitors lined up for Information USA. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Soviet policemen look over visitors lined up for Information USA.
 Moscow, 1987: Visitors wait to enter exhibit at VDNkh Park. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Visitors wait to enter exhibit at VDNkh Park.
Moscow, 1987: AGSO John [Vanya] Chapin moves equipment. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
AGSO John Vanya Chapin moves equipment.
Moscow, 1987: Russian boys try their hand at a flight simulator, Information USA. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Russian boys try their hand at a flight simulator, Information USA.
Moscow, 1987:  Worker for Carli enterprises from Italy, and Guides Jen Brenner and Jeff Kimball [ladder] put the finishing touches on Information USA. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
Worker for Carli enterprises from Italy, and Guides Jen Brenner and Jeff Kimball (ladder) put the finishing touches on Information USA.
1987: GSO Roland Merullo looks over bills while AGSO John Vanya Chapin does paperwork. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
GSO Roland Merullo looks over bills while AGSO John Vanya Chapin does paperwork.
Tashkent, 1988: U.S. Amb. Matlock watches as an Uzbek official and Exhibit Director Richard Suib cut the ribbon on the Information USA exhibition. Guides look on. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1988]
U.S. Ambassador Matlock watches as an Uzbek official and Exhibit Director Richard Suib cut the ribbon on the Information USA exhibition. Guides Erica Wheeler (left) and Paul Ilinsky look on.
Tashkent, 1988: Guide Michael Haney entertains local Uzbek officials and religious leaders in Tashkent at the Information USA exhibit. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1988]
Guide Michael Haney entertains local Uzbek officials and religious leaders in Tashkent at the Information USA exhibit.
Tashkent, 1988: Guide Michael Haney demonstrates computer software. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1988]
Guide Michael Haney demonstrates computer software.
Kiev, 1988: Three flags fly over the exhibit. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1988]
Three flags fly over the exhibit.
Kiev, 1988: U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock opens the Information USA exhibit in Kiev. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1988]
U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock opens the Information USA exhibit in Kiev.
1988: A young girl describes a nearby exhibit for U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1988]
A young girl describes a nearby exhibit for U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock.
Rostov-on-Don, 1987: American exhibit guides on the Information USA exhibit pose for a group picture. [Photo by Amanda Merullo, 1987]
American exhibit guides on the Information USA exhibit pose for a group picture.
     


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