On hearing of Pelé's passing, it was impossible not to relive and be moved by the memory of the words and the sense of love Pelé projected when he and I shared the last two first-class seats from São Paulo to NY many years ago.
Strangers to one another, I was totally in awe of this football idol.
The driver of the bus was no less so.
In fact, it soon became evident that this bus driver wouldn't drive us to the plane until Pelé stooped down and autographed his jacket.
Pelé graciously did it and . . .
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