Kicking and Screaming

A Soviet ship jumper triggers a presummit furor

He behaves "somewhat flippantly," said a U.S. Navy doctor. He is "rather immature," reported a U.S. Air Force psychiatrist. "He took delight in being the center of attention. He was grabbing for the glitter and gusto."

Such belittling descriptions would not seem appropriate for a man who had triggered an untimely presummit squabble between the superpowers and a clash of wills between the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. Government. Soviet Merchant Seaman Miroslav Medvid, 25, had inadvertently created this political uproar on Oct. 24 by leaping 40 feet from the Soviet freighter Marshal Konev into the Mississippi River near...

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