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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“Jaw to Jaw” versus “Jaw, Jaw”

“Jaw to Jaw” versus “Jaw, Jaw”

In the fol­low­ing news­pa­per arti­cles from 27 June 1954, Churchill is quot­ed as say­ing “to jaw-jaw is always bet­ter than to war-war”: “Churchill urges Patience in Cop­ing with Red Dan­gers” by W. H. Lawrence, New York Times, p. 1 and “‘Vig­i­lance and Time’ Asked by Churchill by Wal­ter Tro­han, Chica­go Dai­ly Tri­bune, p. 1. —M.D., via email.

From my Defin­i­tive Wit of Win­ston Churchill, page 37:

“Meet­ing jaw to jaw is bet­ter than war.”

–1954 Com­mon­ly mis­quot­ed as ‘Jaw, jaw is bet­ter than war, war,’ an expres­sion coined four years lat­er by Prime Min­is­ter Harold Macmil­lan, on a vis­it to Aus­tralia.…

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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.”

Crit­ics seem unde­cid­ed on whether the book is a nar­ci­sis­stic exer­cise by some­one who enjoys hear­ing his own voice or a nos­tal­gia piece.…

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