Ian Gordon 2015-05-23 04:23:06
HISTORY’S MOST ICONIC CIGAR SMOKER, WINSTON CHURCHILL, MADE TWO VISITS TO BERMUDA DURING TIMES OF WORLD CONFLICT IN 1942 AND 1953. In 1942, on his return from a meeting with President Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill was in Bermuda for 24 hours to address the House of Assembly, expressing his gratitude for allowing the construction of U.S. military bases the previous year (the foundation of the famous Lend-Lease Act). The event is significant not only for his personal thanks to Bermuda but also as the first world leader to make a trans-Atlantic journey by air. Churchill was in the cockpit as his plane circled the island prior to landing. The pilot, Captain Kelly Rogers, gave special permission for Churchill to smoke his cigar during the cockpit visit! Churchill developed his appetite for Cuban cigars during a visit to Cuba in the late 19th century as a war correspondent reporting on the civil war between the Spanish and Cubans. At that time, Cuba was part of Spain. Churchill had a preference for a 7" long cigar with a 47 ring gauge, a Julieta 2, more widely recognized as a “Churchill.” His favoured Cuban brand was Romeo y Julieta, and he consumed between 8 and 10 of these Habanos a day for the rest of his life! Churchill returned to Bermuda in 1953 for meetings with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the French Prime Minister, Joseph Laniel, at The Mid Ocean Club to discuss the future direction of NATO in the aftermath of the death of Stalin. Churchill was rarely captured on film without his favourite cigar in hand! Ian Gordon is a director of Cuarenta Bucaneros cigar wholesalers, cigarbox.bm, 295-4523.
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