Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev accepted President Eisenhower's invitation to visit the United States in 1959, he wanted more than a state visit: he wanted to see the sights. A traveling circus atmosphere surrounded the "funny little man" wherever he went, although he didn't make it to Disneyland. Among the stops was a corn farm in Coon Rapids, Iowa owned by Roswell Garst, who had already met "Mr. K" in his own country. The two bonded over their interest in farming methods, and perhaps a disdain for the press: by one account Krushchev joined Garst in pelting reporters with corn cobs.
Khrushchev's return visit to the US the next year was less friendly. He angrily banged his shoe on his desk at the UN and declared communism would bury capitalism.