The Khrushchev story Frankie Nickels told is all true, by the way, just about every word. (The Mayor of Los Angeles actually gave the speech insulting the Chairman at a separate function from the Hollywood luncheon.) Frankie only tells true stories.
Who was it that recommended K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude, Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America’s Most Unlikely Tourist by Peter Carlson to me? Fabulous book: all sorts of neat tangents and details and context, plus the added fun that–every two or three pages–you’re struck by the same thought over and over – Holy shit, this really happened.
Check it out, cats and kittens.