Month: April 2011

Dreyfus and Churchill: Don’t display autographed photos

Dreyfus and Churchill: Don’t display autographed photos

The sig­na­ture on a  fan­tas­tic auto­graphed pho­to of Win­ston Churchill at Chartwell, which a friend framed and kept on his wall and hid from the light, has fad­ed to noth­ing­ness. Even ambi­ent room light will fade ancient inks, and there is noth­ing to be done.

Back when I was senior edi­tor at Auto­mo­bile Quar­ter­ly, I res­cued a won­der­ful big 3×2-foot pho­to of the great Grand Prix cham­pi­on René Drey­fus (the world’s last great French­man), and his Type 35 Bugat­ti, from the dust­bin and brought it over to Le Chante­clair, his won­der­ful French restau­rant on 49th Street, Man­hat­tan, for him to inscribe to me.…

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Churchill’s Speech Problem: A Lisp, not a Stutter

Churchill’s Speech Problem: A Lisp, not a Stutter

What many thought was stut­ter­ing was a prop, not a hand­i­cap.

Churchill’s speech prob­lem was a lisp. He could not pro­nounce the let­ter “S” and nev­er real­ly learned to do so—so he turned it into a prop, exag­ger­at­ing words like his famous “Narz­zsseess” for “Nazis.”

What some peo­ple thought was stut­ter­ing was his habit of turn­ing over a word or phrase in an under­tone before set­tling on the final words. He often used this tech­nique in speech­es, because he found that it would stir peo­ple to renewed inter­est in what he was about to say next.…

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Churchill Quote “All will be well”

Churchill Quote “All will be well”

A read­er asks, “was Churchill’s phrase ‘all will be well’ a one-time or habit­u­al expres­sion?” Answer: habit­u­al.

Although not exclu­sive to him by any means, “all will be well” was a very fre­quent Churchillism. In South Africa in 1899-1900, the young Win­ston had picked up the Afrikaans phrase which trans­lates “all will come right.” He used both phras­es inter­change­ably because they expressed his sen­ti­ment. As he said at least once: “For myself I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use being any­thing else…” (Guild­hall, Lon­don, 9 Novem­ber 1954, Churchill By Him­self, page 10.)

There are a half dozen instances of “all will be well” in my book and many scores in his speech­es.…

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