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Winston Churchill In Memoriam
Winston Churchill died on today’s date in 1965. It was a Saturday, and my parents had dragged me to one of our very occasional visits to Temple Emmanuel in Montreal. “Boring” was my usual description of the service, a feeling exacerbated by the discomfort of wearing a constricting coat and tie. I was seven years old.
At that point in my childhood, I well knew who Churchill was; the great speeches and the heroism of the Battle of Britain were first among my adventure stories growing up.
Or at least I thought that I knew him. But when Rabbi Stern appeared before the assembled adults and quietly announced that he had just heard the news from England that Prime Minister Winston Churchill had passed away that morning, I learned about something else. The hush that went over the congregation, and the sad murmurs all around me, held a depth of feeling that I had not previously encountered in my life. In a heartfelt way, the people in that room understood that Winston Churchill had been responsible for their salvation, that of their loved ones, and for all of civilization.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…