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.
#545734 - 01/12/1808:56 AMRe: George HW Bush