Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Churchill Series - Jan. 24, 2008

(One of a series of weekday posts on the life of Winston S. Churchill.)

In Summer, 1975, a certain Dr. Merry informed London's Daily Telegraph readers that Churchill drank too much.

What's more, the good doctor was sure Churchill's drinking influenced his judgement and led him to make decisions which lengthened WW II.

Well, as you'd guess, many readers were unwilling to swallow Dr. Merry's concoction.

Here's what two of them said in letters to the editor:

"The inappropriately named Dr. Merry is undoubtedly correct when he says that Sir Winston Churchill was responsible for lengthening the war. Had it not been for Churchill the war would have ended much earlier in Britain's defeat."

M. A. Wicking
Tunbridge Wells.

"What did Lincoln say when it was reported to him that Grant was getting through a bottle of whisky a day? 'Fine, find out what brand and send a case with my compliments to all the other generals.'"

Leon Drucker
If we met them, I bet we'd all say to Wicking and Drucker: "Well done" and "Cheers."
The Churchill Centre: Action This Day, Summer, 1975, page.(Scroll down)