Month: January 2019

Churchill’s Prep for the “Iron Curtain” Speech 1946

Churchill’s Prep for the “Iron Curtain” Speech 1946

Q: Where did Churchill write the Iron Curtain address?

When we first moved to the Unit­ed States we bought a home in New Canaan, Con­necti­cut that had once been owned by Bernard Baruch and used has his get-away. We were told that, as he and Churchill were friends, Churchill had been invit­ed by Baruch to stay there and it was there he wrote his Iron Cur­tain speech. We were nev­er sure whether this was true or whether it was some­thing a local real estate agent had dreamed up. There was anoth­er house down the road where George Wash­ing­ton was said to have slept on his way through!…

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Origins: “I’ll kiss him on all four cheeks”

Origins: “I’ll kiss him on all four cheeks”

Q: Churchill’s Kiss: A Cheeky Affair

I found myself using an alleged Churchill wit­ti­cism I have long known, but could not find in your book, Churchill’s Wit: The Defin­i­tive Col­lec­tion (2009). As I have it, Churchill was prepar­ing to meet Mar­shal Stal­in, and a diplo­mat­ic advi­sor said, “He will prob­a­bly expect to kiss you on both cheeks.” “Oh, that’s all right,” said Churchill, “as long as he doesn’t want to be kissed on all four.” Can you ver­i­fy this one?

My own main area of schol­ar­ly research is Samuel John­son, anoth­er sub­ject often mis­at­trib­uted.…

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Churchill and Texas: The Complete History

Churchill and Texas: The Complete History

Q: Was Churchill ever in Texas?

A. The clos­est Churchill came to vis­it­ing Texas was in 1938, when he planned a series of lec­tures begin­ning at Fort Worth and Dal­las. It was to have last­ed six weeks in Novem­ber and Decem­ber. The Munich Cri­sis inter­fered and the lec­ture tour was can­celled.

Churchill was, how­ev­er, an Hon­orary Free­man of the City of Dal­las. In the 1970s Dal­las boast­ed a neo-Vic­to­ri­an night spot called the Churchill Club. It was dec­o­rat­ed with the great man’s pic­tures and quo­ta­tions. There were Union Flags and a let­ter from WSC accept­ing his Free­man­ship of the city.…

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