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    Posted February 11, 2014 by
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    Ambassador for Life

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JGW50 first met United States Ambassador Shirley Temple Black in the 1970s when he was serving in the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa."She invited the volunteers to a Fourth of July celebration she hosted at the U.S. Embassy and was [a] welcoming and gracious host," he writes.

    JGW50 met Ambassador Black again in the 1990s at her residence in Prague when he traveled there as part of a U.S. delegation. "She was extremely charming, a true diplomat, and obviously very comfortable meeting people and putting them at their ease," he said. "She pointed out her mini-Oscar, sitting on a shelf in the living room, without affectation and said she took it everywhere with her."
    - Verybecoming, CNN iReport producer

    It is no hyperbole to say that Shirley Temple represented America to the world her entire life. I grew up watching her movies in the 1950s, and was amazed that while I was serving with the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa in the 1970s, she took up the post of US Ambassador. She invited the volunteers to a 4th of July celebration she hosted at the US Embassy, and was welcoming and gracious host.

    Thirty-five years later, I visited Prague as part of a US delegation and there was Shirley Temple Black again representing the United States as ambassador to the new democracy of Czechoslovakia. Sitting on the shelf of her residence was the mini-Oscar awarded to her as the youngest child star ever honored -- marking her emergence as a star in the 1930s as she continued on the world stage into the 1990s. Attached are pictures of her with Czech President Vaclav Havel, and my visitor's photo with the Ambassador.

    She was an amazing person, with an amazing talent, and certainly made the most of it.

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