Margaret Warner Facer 72 read the article about the
Hollybush Summit in our summer 97 issue, she started reminiscing
and shared her story with us.
Warner Facer was one of 15 good-will ambassadors from Glassboro
who traveled to Russia a few months after the Summit for a three-week
cultural exchange. They were treated to lavish banquets, the finest
performers and all the pomp and circumstance befitting heads of
state, including being followed by the press.
During the groups tour, Warner Facer snapped photographs of
everything that caught her eye, from an ordinary produce market
to an extravagant display of military hardware. On the last day
of her trip on the Volga River, her boat stopped at the beautiful
town of Rostov-on-Don. The marketplace looked like a Rembrandt,
said Warner Facer. It was a tapestry of color and I took pictures
She noticed a Russian woman mending a sock on a hand-operated sewing
machine. She was so enchanted by the womans skill, she took
a picture. Then, out of nowhere, a well-dressed man began pointing
his finger at her and her camera and accusing her of something in
Russian. She was quickly ushered to a local police station for questioning.
It was a stark, one-room building with a bare light bulb hanging
down from the ceiling, said Warner Facer.
After a few minutes of questioning by the police hampered by their
language barrier, she was released. Apparently the Soviet government
frowned on foreigners taking pictures of their machineryeven
if it was just an old manual sewing machine.
Back in the U.S., Warner Facers international incident made
the papers. As an English teacher, she had to face students for
years later who insisted she tell us about your arrest in