(One of a series of weekday posts on the life of Winston S. Churchill.)
Did Churchill stutter? The Stuttering Foundation of America says he did.
But we read in a New York Sun article concerning false claims various interest groups have made about famous people:
The conclusions, made many years after the deaths of these famous [people] grab the public's attention, inspire today's patients and bring in money for research and advocacy. There's only one problem: Often, the diagnoses are wrong.You can read The Sun article here.
"It's a lie. It's like saying to somebody, `Churchill overcame this; therefore you can.' Maybe you can, but it shouldn't be a lie, or a misrepresentation," said Dr. John Mather, a Washington physician who has debunked several medical myths about Churchill. "It's a matter of forthrightness and accuracy." […]
The Stuttering Foundation of America ran a full-page ad in a May issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, with a photo of Churchill and this headline: "The voice of freedom never faltered, even though it stuttered."
The foundation cites five sources, all dated before 1975, making references varying from a "slight stutter" to a "stutter that took him years to overcome."
Mather and others say Churchill never had a stutter; they point to tapes of his speeches and a medical evaluation that show Churchill simply had a lisp on his s's and p's.[…]
Enjoy the weekend, including St. Patrick’s Day.
BTW – Does any of you know whether St. Patrick stuttered or was learning disabled?