HONORING THE PASSING OF MAJOR DICK WINTERS, HERO OF “BAND OF BROTHERS”

“You are loved and will never be forgotten by any soldier that ever served under you,” one of his men wrote to Mr. Winters in 1945. “I would follow you into hell.”

This article highlights the story of one of the many self-effacing heroes of World War II and his company of men, The Easy Company, 506th regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Their stories were first told in the book “Band of Brothers” by Stephen Ambrose, and then so effectively in the HBO emmy award-winning miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Before the fame that the book and television series brought him, Mr. Winters lived a quiet life on a farm. Certainly he didn’t describe himself as a hero, (his men would disagree) but Winters often quoted his friend, Mike Ranney: “…I served in a company of heroes.”

“CHURCHILL’S OTHER LIVES”

A new radio series began yesterday, March 14, 2011 in the United Kingdom based on the many little known qualities and achievements of Winston Churchill. Not only was he a great Prime Minister, he was a fine artist. That is how Max first met him on the French Riviera. Churchill was painting in front of his easel in the garden of the villa where he was staying that was only a short distance from where Max’s godfather lived. Max was only three or four years old at the time and his tutor often took him to visit his godfather in Cap d’Antibes.

Venice comes to Monte-Carlo

Unique as is Monte-Carlo, I never expected to see a real Venetian Carnival take place in this most unusual city as is described in this article. By American standards, Italy is so close to Monaco, so why bother to re-create the special event? Well, why not. It will be fun to the 13th power, and I’m sure quite extravagant. I’d really like to be there–wouldn’t you?