My Name is Dr. Deon C. Greer, a retired professor of Geography from Weber State University. I was granted a U.S.-U.S.S.R. exchange professor award to spend a 12 month period in the Soviet Union for the 1977-78 school year at the Water Problems Institute.
While there, I was asked by my Russian colleagues to show the U.S. Moon Landing video as well as the U.S. Soviet space coupling and the 45-Star promotional video (about the State of Utah). The Soviet government refused to allow the showing of the Moon Landing, but I was able to get a copy from the U.S. Embassy, which I presented to a standing-room only audience at the Water Problems Institute. The members of the institute were very excited to see what very few of their fellow Russians were able to experience and they expressed their gratitude profusely to me.
My KGB minder was outraged that I would show this film and they protested to the U.S. Embassy. A meeting was held by the embassy in which the vote was almost unanimous that I should be sent home. However, the American Ambassador stood up for me, but I was told not to do anything which might threaten the Exchange Program we had with the Soviets. I tried to live up to this requirement, but I did check out some books for friends written by Americans among other other things which displeased my KGB minder. Nevertheless, I was happy to do what I did and felt that I accomplished something that furthered an understanding between our two countries.