On this date, in 1959, Nikita Khrushchev became the first Soviet head of state to visit the United States. Earlier in 1959, Vice President Richard Nixon visited the Soviet Union, attending a tour of the American National Exhibition in Moscow. He and Khrushchev took part in what later became known as the Kitchen Debate, in which both Nixon and Khrushchev defended their country’s respective economic systems. In early August of that year, it was announced by President Dwight Eisenhower that Khrushchev was invited to visit the United States, and did so that September, spending 13 days in the country. During the course of the visit, Khrushchev traveled to Washington, D.C., New York, California (briefly visited a supermarket in San Francisco), Iowa, Pennsylvania and Camp David.

After a seven-month hiatus, the BG flea market is reopening next weekend. Of course, there will new rules because of COVID, including how many people will be allowed in the building at a time, directional traffic-flow, one point of entry and, of course, masks required. Ann and I are excited to get back and to see friends, but time will tell just how things unfold.

Milton Berle has this to say about service stations:

I hate self-service. It’s always so bad.

I went into the service station the other day. The attendant asked, “How can I help you?” I said, “Gas.” So he burped me.

Berle’s take on memory:

I used to suffer from senility, but I forgot all about it.

There are three kinds of memory — good, bad and convenient.

Memory is what tells a man his anniversary was yesterday.

My wife says I have a terrible memory. So far this year I’ve forgotten her birthday, our anniversary, Valentine’s Day, and who’s boss.

Some bumper stickers that I have never seen, but some that I found on the internet:

Watch out for the idiot behind me.

If you can read this, I’m not impressed. Most people can read.

Women are natural leaders. You’re following one now.

I believe in a better world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

A closed mind is a wonderful thing to lose.

Don’t hit me. I’m not 100% sure about my coverage.

I’d tell you to go to hell, but I work there and I don’t want to see you every day.

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