William Massa, Director of Acquisitions
Sterling Memorial Library
Larry Dowler, Archivist emeritus, Harvard University
Dear Christine, Bill, and Larry,
I'm am trying to get rid of all my stuff that might have historical significance before I turn 70 in December 2014.
I just realized I still have one treasure to find a repository for: Churchill's cigar and a signed note on House of Commons stationery, and memorabilia from my encounter with him and his entourage in in New York,1961 see link http://churchillandboy.blogspot.com/
Fifty years later I still have the cigar his nurse gave me when I hung out at age 16 on the 79th Boat Basin to see him get off Aristotle Onassis' yacht, the Christina, plus matches from the yacht, Churchill's handkerchief with a "10 laundry mark on it, a note from him on House of Common's stationery (Unfortunately I had it laminated 50 years ago.) and some documents related to the original story.
I am happy to offer this to Yale but it must be shipped very very carefully and with maximum restrictions to insure no loss.
The cigar has deteriorated, but the band clearly reads "made especially for Sir Winston Churchill".
Paul D. Keane
M.A., M.Div., M.Ed.