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Mark Twain Makes Surprise Visit to Rocky Mountain Churchillians Dinner


By Carol House

DENVER, November 20th – The Rocky Mountain Churchillians (RMC) celebrated their 5th Annual Churchill Birthday dinner on Saturday evening November 20, 2010 at the Park Hill Golf Club. It was a lively evening with a Churchill book raffle and also a surprise guest. Mr. Mark Twain joined us and was pleased to recount the introduction he gave Mr. Churchill in New York on December 13, 1900. Mr. Churchill was on a U.S. Speaking tour and meeting with his friend Mr. Bourke Cochran. Mr. Twain was portrayed by one of our members Mr. Hugh Bingham. This fit nicely with the theme for our keynote presentation for the evening which was entitled “A Special Relationship: The Influence of Bourke Cockran on Winston Churchill.” Everett Engstrom’s presentation drew from the groundbreaking work of Michael McMenamin and Curt Zoller in their 2007 book Becoming Winston Churchill: The Untold Story of Winston Churchill’s American Mentor.

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