Randolph Churchill & His Sister Jennie Repard Speak of Their Great-great-grandparents
Randolph ChurchillThe first evening of the 30th International Churchill Conference concluded with a gala dinner in the ballroom of Washington’s Park Hyatt Hotel. The Keynote speakers were Randolph Churchill and his sister Jennie Repard, who shared the microphone to recount the whirlwind romance of their namesake great-great-grandparents. The love story of Sir Winston Churchill’s parents began 140 years ago on the Isle of Wight. The presentation made by the current generation of Churchills premiered in New York City on October 29th as part of the Tina Santi-Flaherty–Winston Churchill Lecture Series in partnership with The Writing Center at Hunter College and the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute also at Hunter. Tina herself introduced Randolph and Jennie. To view the complete presentation CLICK HERE.
Tina Santi-Flaherty, a member of The Churchill Centre, was pleased that Randolph and Jennie could re-enact their talk three days later in Washington. During both presentations Jennie wore the decorations of her great-great-grandmother Jennie Jerome while telling the story of the romance as seen by the Jerome family. Randolph related the perspective of the Churchills.
Tina, Randolph and Jennie attended all of the panels at the Washington conference and gave their enthusiastic support to the National Churchill Library project, which will be located on the campus of The George Washington University. The Churchills also met the Eisenhowers, David and Julie, at the Black Tie Gala that wrapped up the conference and which was addressed by Mr. Eisenhower.
Representing two US presidents that knew Winston Churchill (L-R) David Eisenhower, Jennie Repard, Julie Nixon Eisenhower and Randolph Churchill at 30th International Churchill Conference
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Welcome to the finale of our series “Work Hard – Play Hard: Churchill and His Hobbies.” Did you know Churchill loved to fly? Less than a decade after the Wright brothers first soared, he began taking lessons. His enthusiasm amazed even his instructors. He flew several times per day, finding true peace when airborn. “I have lived entirely in the moment, with no care for all these tiresome party politics.” But his friends and family were terrified. Early aviation was extremely dangerous, as he soon realized. “I have been naughty today about flying” he confessed. When Clementine had a new baby, he knew it was time to stop. “I will not fly any more, until at any rate you have recovered from your kitten.” The First World War kept him grounded. But when it ended, he eagerly resumed his lessons. Finally, after a wild crash landing, he gave it up. Sadly, he never earned his pilot’s license. But, as First Lord of the Admiralty, his early passion for flying gave birth to the Royal Naval Air Service. This helped form the Royal Air Force, to whom we owe so much. The mighty RAF still soars to this day, thanks in part to Churchill. We hope you enjoyed this series, and that you, like Churchill, get some leisure time this weekend. … See MoreSee Less
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