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.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS 11/21 STAN MUSIAL AND MAX CIAMPOLI

The famous “Stan, the Man” Musial, St. Louis Cardinals (1941–1963 with exception of 1945 when he served in U.S. Navy), celebrates his birthday today as does my husband, Max Ciampoli. I honor both for their lifetime achievements, Stan in baseball and Max in World War II as evidenced in our book, “Churchill’s Secret Agent” (Berkley/Penguin).

Max was reminiscing about life in Hampton Village where both men lived before Max bought his horse property in Chesterfield, MO. Max was Executive Chef at the Chase and Park Plaza in St. Louis as well as owner of the French Room, an exclusive beauty salon where one of Max’s clients was Lillian Musial along with the famous Sylvia Sorkin, international singer Suzy Solidor and Mrs. Red Shanding. He had a lovely clientele.

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.

“I SAW THE TANKS LINED UP READY TO INVADE POLAND.”

Clare Hollingworth’s 100th birthday was celebrated in an article appearing in the BBC News, Hong Kong, video from Telgraph and in ABC News Online. Ms. Hollingworth was responsible for the biggest scoop of the 20th century.

Having worked for London’s Daily Telegraph for less than a week, she was asked to go to Poland. She reported at the end of August, 1939: “I saw the tanks lined up ready to invade Poland.” She was just ahead of them.

“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.

ANNUAL HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL HELD AT STATE CAPITOL

This article just popped up on my radar today though the observance of Holocaust Memorial Day was held on May 2, 2011 in Sacramento. Co-hosted by State Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach and San Diego-area Assemblyman Marty Block, the event attracted many who survived the Nazi scourge, their liberators and descendants, from what I understand. It is an important event that we missed. I only wish we would have known.  Perhaps, I would have met some people with whom I grew up in Long Beach, CA.

Max and I now live in Reno, NV, only 2 hours from Sacramento. If any of our readers hear of such an event nearby, please let us know.

WHY THE FUROR OVER FUEHRER’S WIFE, EVA BRAUN TODAY?

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT EVA BRAUN, GIRLFRIEND THEN WIFE TO ADOLF HITLER?

An article featuring photos of Eva Braun appeared on the web today. Comments and opinions about Eva abound.

 How much did she know? Did she believe in what Hitler was doing? Was she blinded by love? How did the private collector Reinhard Schulz wind up with the photos? Why are they surfacing now?

What do we really know about the relationship? A charismatic and politically successful Adolf Hitler was chosen man of the year by Time magazine in 1938. Power certainly is attractive. Success is certainly attractive. What was the nature of their relationship? See 30 photos from Life magazine: http://bit.ly/fQXFgt. Let us know what you think.