Year: 2010

The Word Play of “Notability or Notoriety”

The Word Play of “Notability or Notoriety”

One remark I love to quote but can­not locate is WSC’s self avowed quest for fame by “nota­bil­i­ty or noto­ri­ety.” Great word play. The best I can remem­ber is see­ing it in one of the ear­ly com­pan­ion vol­umes of the offi­cial biog­ra­phy, edit­ed by his son Ran­dolph. —M.W., New Jersey

I have sent this to sev­er­al col­leagues to help fath­om, because I can­not pro­vide you with the ref­er­ence. In search­ing my scanned data, the only instance of “nota­bil­i­ty and noto­ri­ety” (togeth­er) is in Finest Hour 99, p 19 (“Pat­terns in Churchill’s Charmed Life” by Man­fred Wei­d­horn).…

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Christmas, 1941

Christmas, 1941

In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christ­mas Eve Sto­ry, by David McCul­lough. Shad­ow Moun­tain Books, 56 pages, illus. with DVD, $10.99.

The not­ed biog­ra­ph­er of Har­ry Tru­man and John Adams cre­at­ed this book for the 2010 Christ­mas sea­son. It com­pris­es an essay by the author, the 1941 radio address­es by Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt and Prime Min­is­ter Churchill (then in Wash­ing­ton) at the light­ing of the White House Christ­mas tree; a pho­to col­lec­tion of Amer­i­cans dur­ing World War II; and a DVD of McCullough’s pre­sen­ta­tion of the sto­ry at the Mor­mon Taber­na­cle Choir’s 2009 Christ­mas con­cert, includ­ing the choir’s per­for­mances of “O Lit­tle Town of Beth­le­hem” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”…

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Churchill’s Escape from the Boers, 1899

Churchill’s Escape from the Boers, 1899

Please can you com­ment on, the “Dutch­man, Bur­gen­er by name,” men­tioned by Churchill in his account of his escape from the Boers in his auto­bi­og­ra­phy, My Ear­ly Life? Is he one and the same per­son as the Charles Burn­ham men­tioned by Sir Mar­tin Gilbert in Churchill: A Life? Per­haps the sur­name was changed to pro­tect Mr Burnham`s posi­tion in South Africa, even though three decades had elapsed by the pub­li­ca­tion of My Ear­ly Life? It seems cer­tain that Churchill knew of Charles Burn­ham and the role that he had played: the lat­ter had writ­ten to him in 1908 (Vol.…

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