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MOSCOW, September 5 (Itar-Tass) —— The 30th anniversary of the first USSR-U.S. telebridge will be observed on Wednesday. The telebridge linked California rock festival participants with an audience at the Ostankino television center via satellite on September 5, 1982.
Huge screens were installed in California, where hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the rock festival. There were several hundreds of people only in Ostankino.
The linkup was organized by Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and Soviet journalist Iosif Goldin and producer Yuly Gusman.
“I wanted just one thing – an appropriate atmosphere. I wanted the guys to be free and to have fun. And we made it,” Gusman told Itar-Tass. “There was a screen in the middle of the studio. Technicians had their talk, there was a countdown, and we could suddenly see a field with two huge screens on it. The Americans were shouting something and waving their hands in greeting. They also greeted them with waves and shouts. Everyone in the studio was dancing and singing. Some even cried,” he said.
“That was a really amazing moment. That can hardly be understood now as every computer has a web camera and a program establishing a link with any place on the globe. But that was a miracle in 1982,” he said.
Gusman recalled Wozniak’s comment on the first telebridge. He said he was surprised that Russians resembled Americans more than any other nationality he had met before.
The Soviet television never broadcasted that telebridge. Live telebridges with the U.S. started only in 1986, when Gorbachev’s perestroika was on.