I remember thinking at the time this was stupid and neat at once.
BEIJING – Three-time world table tennis champion Zhuang Zedong, a key figure in the “pingpong diplomacy” between China and the United States, died Sunday, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. He was 72 and had struggled with cancer since 2008.
Zhuang won fame by presenting a gift to American player Glenn Cowan, who had inadvertently boarded a bus carrying the Chinese team at the world championships in Nagoya, Japan, in 1971.
Zhuang and Cowan were photographed together, creating an international sensation that eventually led to the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Cold War rivals in 1979.