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George HW Bush #545733
01/12/18 08:52 AM
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George HW Bush

Sad to see George HW Bush has died. He was US Liaison Office Chief (ambassador in all but name) in China when I was a Peking correspondent (1975 – 77). He and wife Barbara cycled around the city and were great entertainers. He took Mandarin lessons seriously. Sons George junior and Jeb as well as Gerald Ford visited during my time there. George was kind enough to mention me a few times in his autobiography. Apart from being a true gentleman, he was a keen tennis player. Attached is a picture I took of him at the Peking International Club. Years later he spotted me at a Palais Des Nations press conference in Geneva and I was surprised when two secret service men arrived unannounced at my office and said The President wanted a private meeting. We discussed old friends, events in China, tennis and his spaniel “C Fred”. What appears to be a gesture of friendship was actually him counting the times he hammered me on the tennis court. He was a true gentleman -- a yawning gulf from the current White House incumbent.
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Re: George HW Bush [Re: griffo] #545734
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Who were you working for? I was with the Washington Post for 15 years - but never met a president. smile


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Re: George HW Bush [Re: griffo] #545736
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Hi,
I was Reuter's correspondent in China -- there followed a lifetime of anonymous hackery.
cheers

Re: George HW Bush [Re: griffo] #545738
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Bejing in 75 must have been fun.

Yes he seems a great guy now compared to the Donald.


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Re: George HW Bush [Re: griffo] #545740
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Originally Posted By griffo
Hi,
I was Reuter's correspondent in China -- there followed a lifetime of anonymous hackery.
cheers


I might have seen your by-line in the IHT, we carried many Reuters pieces.


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Re: George HW Bush [Re: griffo] #545754
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I believe I might have had the front page of the IHT (and the NYT and the Washington Post) in 1976 when I reported the death of Mao.

Re: George HW Bush [Re: griffo] #545758
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Re: George HW Bush [Re: griffo] #545760
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Looks like one of them.
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Re: George HW Bush [Re: griffo] #545798
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Did he (GWB) drive a Morgan?????

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"Did he (GWB) drive a Morgan?????"

Suggest you try reading the gallery description.

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