What? Former US Secretary of State George Schultz has a tiger tattoo!
Does George Schultz have a tiger tattoo? And if so, exactly where is it?
Two issues followed George Schultz on his trip to to China, South Korea and Japan in 1987. The first was the inquiry into arms sales to Iran, when cynics reported that the trip probably came as a welcome relief to the beleaguered US Secretary of State.
However, rumours of the existence of a tiger tatto and where it had been applied dogged him as well.The story was “scooped” by Page Six, the gossip and celebrity pages of The New York Post and soon everyone wanted the answer to the burning question:
Does Secretary of State George Schultz have a tiger tattoo?
On the flight to China, when asked by journalists if the rumours were true, Schultz responded that having been investigated on Iran by the Tower Board, Senate Intelligence Committee and other agencies, he was entitled to keep one secret.
However, as the reporters returned to their seats, Helena, Mr Shultz’s wife, stopped some of them to ask what all the hilarity was about. When they told her, she confirmed, ”It’s true.”
During a visit to the newly built Olympic stadium in Seoul, South Korea, Mr Shultz and his party watched a brief promotional film about the forthcoming 1988 Olympics. The final frame was a picture of the mascot: a tiger!
The accompanying journalists cheered, George Schultz and his staff laughed and the Koreans did not have a clue what was going on!
Another reference to George Schultz’s Tiger Tattoo can be found in the blog The Daily Princetonian. Schultz majored in Economics at Princeton University, with a minor in public and international affairs. He graduated with honors in 1942.
The tiger is the emblem of Wilson College and also of all the Princeton University Sports Teams and social groups. A pair of large bronze tigers, which were presented to Princeton University by the graduating class of 1879, can be found guarding the entrance to Nassau Hall.
There is a story that when George Schultz visited The Princeton Campus in 1999 to deliver a lecture, The Daily Princetonian did some digging around and traced Schultz’s former room mate Norman Cook.
Cook is quoted as saying that the tattoo is
“not a monstrously huge tattoo. I would call it ass-thetic.”
Which gives a clear hint as to the location!
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George Schultz (born 13 December 1920) served as US Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, from July 16, 1982 – January 20, 1989. More information about his life can be found on Wikipedia.