Here are some more memories of Henry Shapiro exploits as captured by the late Dick Harnett of San Francisco, founder of the Downhold listserv:
From former Unipresser Mathis Chazanov:
"Shapiro visited Moscow at some point in the early 1980s and was the toast of the diplomatic circuit, since all the ambassadors remembered him when they were all young whippersnappers together in the 40s and 50s.
"My understanding was that he had to stay so long because his wife was Russian and the Reds weren't letting any of their people emigrate.
"His bottom line on Kremlin coverage, as I recall, was that nothing happened by accident, and that the murkiest of hints in Pravda were all there for a reason, which could be properly fleshed out with enough brainpower and the gift of a bottle of whiskey or two as a token of friendship.
"It was also no accident that the young Dusko Doder, whose Kremlinology skills were noted here some months ago, learned at Henry's feet."