Monday, November 10, 2008

The Churchill Series - Nov. 10, 2008

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

Let's smile today with an "oldie but goodie" Churchill enjoyed and used to poltical advantage.

You know about nit-pickers. You do something and get it 99% right. But there’s Nitty Picky standing before the whole town saying:

“Did you all see the 1% that fellow got wrong? You did? Well, I'll tell you about it anyway.”
Churchill had his nit-pickers, including, of course, many in the press.

He delighted during the war in telling audiences this humorous story which put the nit-pickers in their place.
A sailor jumped into the water at Plymouth to rescue a small boy from drowning.

A week later the sailor was accosted by a woman who asked, “Are you the man who picked my son out of the water the other night?"

“That is true, ma’am,” replied the sailor. “I am the man.”

“Ah,” said the woman. “You are the man I am looking for. Where is his cap?”

Cap story from John Plumpton, "Two Great Men, Two Great Themes," speech, The Churchill Centre.