Nixon - Khrushchev "kitchen debate" GT fun fact. 2021 redux.
Sep 17, 2021, 4:02 PM
Note: dusting this off for game week. Links in the original post expired so I update them here.
The phrase Rambling Wreck is an important part of Georgia Tech's tradition, as well as the title of the school's fight song, which begins "I'm a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech and a he!! of an engineer".
The song became so famous that Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev sang it at their historic 1959 meeting in Moscow. The story goes that during the infamous "kitchen debate" (Nixon & Khrushchev ) arguing about the respective abilities of Americans and Russians to own and furnish homes during a tour of an appliance display at a US Trade & Cultural Fair in Moscow things got heated. It was decided that the mood needed to be lightened. Singing a song was suggested, but Nixon knew no Russian songs but as a piano player had a huge repitiore. Khrushchev, however, knew "RWFGT". So....they sang it together.