LAST CHANCE! FINAL PRESENTATION JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL FOR POMONA AND SAN GABRIEL VALLEYS, CA

Max and I are honored to be asked to present Churchill’s Secret Agent for the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys. We were among those selected from the over 100 authors who presented their works in New York City in May, 2011, at the Jewish Book Council’s “Network” event. Though certainly not only a “Jewish” book, Max recounts his missions during World War II which literally saved thousands of Jewish lives–and many more thousands of their progeny are still alive today thanks to his single-minded efforts working as a spy for Winston Churchill.

HOW DO DICTATORS DIE?

According to the article in The Daily Beast, it was lucky for the world that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi chose to stay in Libya and fight. Through numerous examples, the author shows that “…it is very rare for dictators to meet their end bravely, still inside the country they are fighting to recapture.” Had he fled, the influence he would have exerted from abroad could have kept the country’s allegiance split for years.

“Live Every Day As If It Were Your Last”–Steve Jobs

…and one day it really will be. But we don’t know when. So, we’d better be fulfilling our heart’s desire today. Don’t know what that is? Look for it today. No time for people-pleasing, walking on eggshells, doing what others want us to do in life. If we are to make mistakes, let them be our own!

Steve Jobs’ death affected me more than I ever expected. I’ve watched his Stanford University Commencement speech several times. He was a man who did not compromise. His company was never run by committee. Want to water down a dream? Put the control of it in committee. Let others tell you what to do and how to do it. You’ll never recognize your dream when it comes out the other side. And you probably won’t recognize yourself.

ROSH HASHANAH–A UNIVERSAL AMERICAN TRADITION? I DON’T THINK SO!

Is President Obama trying to win the Jewish vote back by talking about  Rosh Hashanah as if it were universally  celebrated in the United States like Thanksgiving? Michael Medved’s commentary in The Daily Beast suggests exactly that. The wool can’t be pulled over our eyes quite so easily although you are a wonderful orator, Mr. President. I certainly can’t imagine Winston Churchill (whose bust you had removed from the White House) ever moving with such chameleon-like ease through his political and religious positions. It is what Medved calls “spiritual shape-shifting. He instinctively assumes different religious colorations depending on the occasion.”

DICK WINTERS HONORED ON ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY, 6/6/44

This article tells of a great fundraising event to honor Dick Winters, one of the consumate leaders of Operation Overlord, so well-depicted in the HBO Band of Brothers mini-series. Several castmembers were at the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game to commemorate the Allied attack on the beaches of Normandy, France and to raise money for a statue of Dick Winters to be erected at this most important site.

We must never forget what happened during World War II and the incredible human beings who lost their lives fighting against the German war machine. We must equally remember and honor those brave men and women who are still here to tell us about it. We pause to thank the members of Easy Company, most especially the two who were able to come to the event: Babe Heffron and “Wild Bill” Guarnere.

“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.

JOSEPHINE BAKER, LIKE WINSTON CHURCHILL, NEVER GAVE UP

What a great article about Josephine Baker, the famous American entertainer featured in the chapter JOSEPHINE in Churchill’s Secret Agent. Max met her when he was a little boy. She stayed at his parents’ villa for a period of time while entertaining at his father’s club in Monte Carlo.

Josephine was an extraordinary woman. She never gave up. When she couldn’t get the opportunities she wanted in the United States, she moved to Europe where she rose to fame. Back in the United States after World War II, she refused to entertain at any venue that wasn’t integrated which caused many clubs to change their policies. Even after Walter Winchell accused her of being a fascist and a communist, a remark which caused many negative repercussions in her life, she continued on.

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?