Month: April 2012

No cards, no flowers: Churchill on Stalin’s Death

No cards, no flowers: Churchill on Stalin’s Death

Joseph Stal­in 1878-1953

A cor­re­spon­dent to the Finan­cial Times has slipped a red her­ring into the store of Win­ston Churchill quo­ta­tions.

In a let­ter to the FT on April 14th, Mary Ellen Syn­on was defend­ing Irish  Taoiseach Eamon de Valera’s 1945 let­ter to the Ger­man Embassy in Dublin express­ing con­do­lences on the sui­cide death of Adolf Hitler. Ms. Syn­on sug­gest­ed that this was just a for­mal­i­ty; after all, Churchill sent con­do­lences to Moscow on the death of Stal­in.

For the record, Win­ston Churchill sent no con­do­lences, made no speech­es, didn’t even send a sym­pa­thy card, on the death of Joseph Stal­in in March 1953.…

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Churchill’s Washington Humor, Part 1

Churchill’s Washington Humor, Part 1

Church­ll address­es Con­gress, 26 Decem­ber 1941

A friend who is deliv­er­ing a Churchill speech in D.C. asked for some exam­ples of Churchil­ian humor involv­ing Wash­ing­ton and U.S. Pres­i­dents.

Every­one enjoys Churchill’s famous crack in his first (1941) speech to Con­gress:

“If my father had been Amer­i­can, and my moth­er British, instead of the oth­er way round, I might have got here on my own!” That brought down the house.

When in the U.S., Churchill liked to empha­size his Amer­i­can roots. Broad­cast­ing to Amer­i­ca six months ear­li­er, he avowed some­thing he always believed:

 The great Burke has tru­ly said, “Peo­ple will not look for­ward to pos­ter­i­ty who nev­er look back­ward to their ances­tors,” and I feel it most agree­able to recall to you that the Jeromes were root­ed for many gen­er­a­tions in Amer­i­can soil, and fought in Washington’s armies for the inde­pen­dence of the Amer­i­can Colonies and the foun­da­tion of the Unit­ed States.…

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Connie Marrero: Oldest Players

Connie Marrero: Oldest Players

¡Ex ligamayorista Marrero cumple 102 años!

“He threw every­thing toward the plate but the ball.” —Ted Williams

Con­ra­do Euge­nio Mar­rero, the old­est liv­ing major league base­ball play­er, cel­e­brat­ed his 102nd birth­day in Havana on April 25, 2013 with one of his patent­ed cig­ars. Con­nie passed away just short of his 103rd birth­day on April 23, 2014.

Con­nie Mar­rero pitched 735 innings for the Wash­ing­ton Sen­a­tors in 1950-54, com­pil­ing a W-L record of 39-40. He was named to the 1951 All-Star team but did not play. He left after being scratched from the 1955 ros­ter.…

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