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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!]
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