“I don’t want to make him out as a great human being or anything like that, because he certainly had his flawed ways of thinking and has done some horrible things through his life,” Sumner said. “But he was nevertheless one of the most impressive people I have ever met. He’s quite a personality, you know.”
In meetings with poultry-industry representatives, Castro would “start rattling off conversion rates for feed and everything, and we were just all awestruck at just how smart the guy was on almost any subject,” Sumner said.
“He would talk nonstop, without even a sip of water, for hours — and I mean three or four hours nonstop,” Sumner said. “Often times when we were with him, we didn’t get to leave the palace until 3 or 4 in the morning because he would keep us up talking, and have a dinner. It was amazing.”