I love the Houston Chronicle story about the modest suburban Texas grocery store that defeated the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War. Seriously, any museum that commemorates the fall of communism needs to have photos on the wall of Ronald Reagan, Lech Walesa, Pope John Paul II, and the former Randall’s store in the Clear Lake section of Houston.
In 1989, two years before the collapse of the Evil Empire, Boris Yeltsin had been elected to the Supreme Soviet and the parliament. During a visit to Johnson Space Center, he took a short detour to see a typical American grocery store. He was stunned by it. There’d be a revolution if Russians saw this, he reportedly said to his Soviet colleagues. (It’s particularly amazing given how dowdy those 1980s-era U.S. grocery stores are compared to today’s marvels.)
“When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods
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