"K-E-Y! Y? Because We Will Bury You"

2009
Sep
19

As seen at MetaFilter

Exactly 50 years ago today, Soviet Premier and Cold War Villain Nikita Khrushchev was denied a visit to Disneyland. He was in Southern California as part of a cross-country tour of the U.S.A.* (Can you imagine an enemy of the US doing that today?). The reasons for the denial? Security Logistics and Time Limitations (you have to devote a whole day for The Magic Kingdom). Instead, he visited a sound stage at 20th Century Fox (shooting “Can Can”) and a housing development in a San Fernando Valley suburb. The next day, he got a warmer, but semi-stunned, reception in San Luis Obispo, CA. Not the only place that welcomed him. Farmers in Coon Rapids, Iowa were happy to show off American agriculture in an event recently commemorated.

*Look Inside book at Amazon link for more content

(Lots more coverage in the L.A. Times’ Nostalgia Blog)

SLO: My adopted home. If they’d accept that fat, bald Commie, they’ll accept me.

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