"THE IRON LADY" [1985]

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© Richard Knight
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[The Albert Hall, London, 1985]

The release of “The Iron Lady,” starring Meryl Streep, prompted me to upload this photo.

Linda and I attended the 1985 Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association held in London, England.

It was an unforgettable week. We stayed at the Grosvenor House, which was old and elegant. Over the next seven days, we attended a dozen events, including a reception held at the Old Bailey, where British solicitors and barristers served strawberries and cream to their American counterparts, part of an ancient and hospitable tradition.

I remember attending a dinner sponsored by the Conservative Legal Society at the Savoy Hotel. It made me think of Sir Winston Churchill, who dined at the Savoy hundreds of times over the years. Sitting at our dinner table was Sir Alec Douglas-Home (pronounced “Hume”), British prime minister (1963-64). Lord Home knew Churchill very well, so I listened carefully.

Near the end of the conference, we attended a meeting at The Albert Hall, where Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was the featured speaker. She did not disappoint. In a high-octane speech, Prime Minister Thatcher coined a phrase that has been borrowed many times during the ensuing 27 years. She said, “PUBLICITY IS THE OXYGEN OF TERRORISM.”

The Albert Hall was packed, so we were fortunate to be seated in the fifth row, which gave us a ringside seat of the proceedings. I was using a Minolta Hi-Matic 11 SLR, which was then 15 years-old, and I was shooting slide film. I did not have a flash, so I manually adjusted the shutter to the lowest possible speed. Not surprisingly, the resulting images were a little fuzzy.

The (white-haired) gentleman to the left of Thatcher (taking his seat) is Chief Justice Warren Burger. The gentleman at the far left (inset) is former Vice President Walter Mondale.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

[Thank you, Steve, and now Frank, for the nomination!]

38 responses

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    Great work

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    How's that for your resumé?? Wonderful moments, Dick! We went to a grand concert at the Albert Hall in December. The whole event gave chills, esp. the ambience.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    it's fantastic!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    Great shots! Too bad they hung the USA flag incorrectly. (Smaller Photo)

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    You've been everywhere cuz!!! Love the shots, and the narrative!!! This shows how important it is to capture life's moments!!!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    Richard, my Mum is from England and we last visited in 1986. Bummer, we just missed you! Anyway, this is a fabulous account of your time there and wonderful pix!

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    Like the narrative and the photos are good but I am afraid i come from the wrong side of the border to enjoy them . Sorry :(

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    I have one word to say...............WOW!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    fantastic shot, and what a thrilling and memorable week this must have been. thanks for sharing!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    What a thrill it must have been for you and Linda to attend these events. The photos really look marvelous in lightbox.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    I found your narrative captivating to say the least, and the images are wonderful. What memories you must have of this trip.. and it's wonderful to see the 'Iron Lady' remembered, sadly she is not able to enjoy the recognition she so richly deserves.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    quite a moment and quite a photo Richard! What a great experience you had. Neat!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    Such a decorative and festive image, it must be a great memory to have seen this firsthand.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    this is a great shot and memory of the event, Dix!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    What a grand opportunity! I have always admired Margaret Thatcher. She really was made of iron. She was a great ally of the US. This picture tells such a wonderful story!.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    It is hard to believe that Margaret Thatcher is 86 years old now...Meryl Streep is a good actress and I can see her playing the part very well..Interesting narrative and images.

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler said (22 Jan 2012):

    Pomp and great photography. Place full of history and that film camera could tell some interesting stories if it could speak.

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    What a fantastic opportunity! So glad you got photos to go with the most excellent narrative, and are kind enough to share the experience with us.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (23 Jan 2012):

    WOW!! What an amazing experience! You have met more people than Forest Gump! Great shot and story!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (23 Jan 2012):

    great experience and nice narration Sir Richard!!!

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep gave props (23 Jan 2012):

    great shot!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (23 Jan 2012):

    As always your photos are very interesting and told with great attention and politeness. A piece of living history and certainly memorable, Thatcher has left an indelible mark in their own country, taking it out of economic stagnation in which it was. It seems that Britain has its moments of glory having women in power.

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (23 Jan 2012):

    Fabulous!!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (23 Jan 2012):

    A fantastic image and narrative, Dick! Expertly done!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (23 Jan 2012):

    Steeped with interest and history as always my friend!!!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (24 Jan 2012):

    awesome story..... this is such great memories..... love this shot.... priceless...

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (24 Jan 2012):

    Point well taken, Edith. Sort of the the still festering sores of the North and South here. However, you did do a fabulous job of snapping the photos and the narrative is very informing, Richard. You have been blessed with many wonderful life experiences that most of us can only dream of!! Great job my friend!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (24 Jan 2012):

    Awesome.....I always learn so much when I stop by to visit :~)

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (24 Jan 2012):

    Nice work my friend!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (25 Jan 2012):

    Incredible. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (26 Jan 2012):

    I envy this shot despite a lack of detail. The Iron Lady is still recognizable.

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (27 Jan 2012):

    great photo

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (28 Jan 2012):

    You are amazing BB. You have experienced such history in your 'short' life. Imagine being there.....I can only, but you have done so. Incredible image of history and your words bring it all into the future. wow, I'm impressed.

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (3 Feb 2012):

    wow, what power and splendour in this image, super!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    I guess you realise Meryl Streep is an Aussie......LOL. Great image and insert, wonderful narrative as usual, Dick ☺

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (5 Feb 2012):

    What fantastic shots Dick..!!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (19 Feb 2012):

    What a great story to go along with a moment in time. Were you packing your .380 Walther then?

  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (22 Feb 2012):

    Did you confirm how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall? Wonderful shot counsellor.

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