Berg later convinced the fellow’s wife he was an Italian count, and after luring them to a cliffside...
Every story about Berg is better than the next but cramming nuclear physics, then parachuting into Switzerland with instructions to get Werner Heisenberg in private, pick his brain, and kidnap or kill him if necessary has to be up there.
Berg's last words were, "How did the Mets do last night?"
And then, of course, there was the barnstorming trip to Japan. Ruth asked Berg if he spoke Japanese. Berg said no. Weeks later when they disembarked, Ruth heard Berg speaking fluent Japanese. Ruth asked what was up. Berg said, "I didn't speak it then."

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