Our speaker for our next meeting, Tuesday January 21, 2014 will be Richard G. Osborne. Mr. Osborne is a former classmate of John J. McLaughlin at Columbia High School, Maplewood, New Jersey. Like many high school graduates, they depart school, do not keep in touch, and often do not see each other for many years. Such is the case with Richard Osborne.
Recently, John was privileged to
be at an event where Richard was the guest speaker. The subject of the lecture
was Winston S. Churchill. Richard gave a remarkable speech about Mr. Churchill,
without notes, and without the ubiquitous teleprompter, the absence of which
would render most politicians speechless.
We learned that after graduation
from high school Richard served a tour in the United States Army with the A.S.A.,
the forerunner of the N.S.A. He earned a B.A. from Rutgers University followed by
a law degree also from Rutgers. He spent 50 years as a professional manager of
various privately held companies. He traveled widely and lived for a time in
Greece and the U.K. All during this time he read widely in history, and became
fascinated with the career of Winston Churchill. He is a founding member of the
Churchill Center and a member of the Churchillian N.E. Chapter. Richard
maintains a private library of over 3000 books. By any definition
Mr. Osborne is truly a historian, and we are honored to have him
as our guest. We look forward to a wonderful evening. Please mark the date.