Tag: Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

All the Luck: Howard A. “Dutch” Darrin, Part 1

All the Luck: Howard A. “Dutch” Darrin, Part 1

Dutch Dar­rin was supreme­ly lucky—and one of the most charm­ing things about him was that he nev­er ceased say­ing so.

Part 1

Excerpt only. For full text and illus­tra­tions and a ros­ter of Packard Dar­rins, see The Auto­mo­bile, May 2017. 

Look­ing back on the pre­vi­ous cen­tu­ry, the his­to­ri­an Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. reflect­ed that indi­vid­u­als do make a dif­fer­ence: “In Decem­ber 1931 Churchill, cross­ing Fifth Avenue in New York City, looked in the wrong direc­tion and was knocked down by an auto­mo­bile. Four­teen months lat­er Franklin Roo­sevelt was fired on by an assassin….Would the next two decades have been the same had the car killed Churchill in 1931 and the bul­let killed Roo­sevelt in 1933?”

Auto­mo­tive his­to­ry is replete with reminders of Schlesinger’s axiom.…

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“The Truth is Great, and Shall Prevail”: Remembering Bill Rusher 1923-2011

“The Truth is Great, and Shall Prevail”: Remembering Bill Rusher 1923-2011

William A. Rusher …

came to our aid in a pinch. Striv­ing to “bal­ance” our polit­i­cal speak­ers, we Churchill Con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers plan­ning the 1994 event in Banff, Alber­ta want­ed a con­ser­v­a­tive. We had wel­comed the lib­er­al Roy Jenk­ins on our Scot­tish Churchill Tour that sum­mer. We’d invit­ed Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and William Man­ches­ter to address our 1995 con­fer­ence. So to Banff we invit­ed Mil­ton Fried­man, to explain why Churchill was right (yes!) to put Britain back on the gold stan­dard when he was Chan­cel­lor of the Exche­quer in the Twen­ties. (It was what Churchill didn’t do, in wage and tax pol­i­cy, Dr.…

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