Katya from Moscow and Star from San Francisco: two eleven-year-old girls discover America together.
Pat gives an overview of the book:
Star: When Katya and I first got to New York, we looked at the press and were amazed. There were at least one hundred people, all waiting to talk to us! We had a press conferenced, and lights were flashing all the time. I could hardly see. Katya and I talked about America and Russia and New York and how alike we all are. The adults didn't say anything to us, but I overheard that there had been a death threat to katya. Suddenly we had lots of police and men wiht earphones guarding us. It was scary. I wondered if Katya knew. I also wondered why anyone would want to hurt Katya.
The next day we went to the Today" show, and KAty and Pat, and Dimitrie (the transslator0 wwere interviewed by Jane Pauley.
Making Friends was the first ever co-publication between the USSR and The USA. It was very difficult to bring this book to fruition. At that time the Russian did not know how to do color separations so I had to go to Moscow and take an expert with me three times, still they weren’t able to make Morton Beebe’s photographs as crisp as we would have liked. I was scheduled to do a national tour with Katya, now as famous a rock idol, and Star. We were booked on most of the major TV shows but the books were sent from Moscow to Poland for some unfathomable reason, so there were no books! I still have a closet filled with Making Friends.
Nevertheless, this book is a historical record of a people-to-people movement that made a difference in the world. Very gratifying indeed.
Pat Montandon was born in Texas and lived in Oklahoma as the daughter of a two ministers. At eighteen she became the tenth person in the world to undergo successful (blind surgery as it was then called) heart surgery. In her twenties Pat wrote and produced benefits for the...