November 30 is the birthday of Mark Twain (or Samuel Clemens), and of Winston Spencer Churchill.
A good study of American history could be achieved merely in studying the chronicle of the lives of these two men, even though Churchill was British. A good study of American history, or world history, cannot be had without familiarity with both of them, and why they are important.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives the “Victory” sign to crowds in London on Victory in Europe Day. Wikipedia image
Both were writers, of travelogues and geographical romps, of history, though Twain is chiefly known as a fiction writer. Both were great humorists, often funny, often sharply witty with bon-mots that shone a highlight on some human foible or forgotten-but-shouldn’t-be point of history.
Both of them loved good whiskey, and a good cigar.
(I should have more to say about each of these men, especially having visited with Churchill in Wisconsin, Fulton, Missouri, and Washington, D.C., and with Twain in his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, and Washington, D.C., in the past few months. But I also will attend a funeral for a friend, and I will get a good night’s sleep; get a shot of whiskey, a good cigar if your cardiologist lets you have one on occasion, and toast them whether I write any more or not.)
So, how will you celebrate the anniversary of the births of Mark Twain and Winston Churchill, on November 30?
I wonder how they celebrate in Hannibal, and in Fulton?
Mark Twain was featured in an ad for Old Crow Whiskey, unknown year. Twain wrote, “Total abstinence is so excellent a thing that it cannot be carried to too great an extent. In my passion for it I even carry it so far as to totally abstain from total abstinence itself.” (Autograph inscription in album to Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes, reported in The Washington Post, June 11, 1881)