ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Civic leaders are hawking a collection of mementoes to help pay expenses associated with Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s visit to Minnesota on Sunday, ranging from handkerchiefs and T-shirts to posters.
The ″GorbaChief″ handkerchief was modeled after the ″Homer Hankies″ waved by Minnesota Twins fans during the 1987 World Series.
Star Tribune publisher Roger Parkinson, who heads the committee planning the visit, said 20,000 to 30,000 handkerchiefs bearing the Gorbachev Visit Committee’s official logo were printed. They’re $3 each, plus tax.
The poster is a replica of a $25,000 ad welcoming Gorbachev that will appear in Pravda, the official newspaper of the Communist Party. It is the first time Americans have advertised in Pravda and only the second time an ad has appeared in the newspaper, said Bill Dunlap, chief executive officer of Campbell-Mithun-Esty, the Minneapolis-based advertising agency that created the ad.
Fifty-five hundred posters were printed and will go for $10 each, plus the inevitable tax.
The T-shirts bear the official logo, which includes an outline of the state of Minnesota and a hammer and sickle. Five hundred T-shirts will go on sale Thursday for $14 each, and more are to be printed if needed.
For smaller budgets, there’s a postcard, bearing the logo and a postmark commemorating the visit, for $1.
Gifts for the Gorbachevs were displayed in the governor’s reception room Wednesday, including bottles of Boundary Waters Beer, named for the region of lakes on the U.S.-Canadian border; sweatshirts depicting the Minnesota state flower, the showy lady slipper; and a commemorative limited edition of the Russian version of the Monopoly game produced by Minnetonka-based Tonka Corp.