This was despite his continuing large daily intake of alcohol. Harold Nicolson recalls a friend coming away from lunch with Churchill “rather shocked by . . . the immense amount of port and brandy he consumed.” On a typical day, according to his aide Sir Ian Jacob, Churchill drank champagne and brandy with lunch, then, after his afternoon nap, had two or three glasses of whisky and soda, then champagne and brandy with dinner, followed by more whisky and soda. Jacob noted that he also sometimes accompanied his breakfast with white wine.
From Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom.
Q: Your colleagues say you have a healthy distance from Washington’s cocktail-party culture. Is that in part because you were raised in it?
A: I think I have a distance from the cocktail culture because I drink alone.
Source: “John Dickerson Is Tired of Politicians’ Propaganda.”
“Your dead sleep quietly, at least, Captain, out of the reach of sharks.”
“Yes, sir, of sharks and men,” gravely replied the Captain.
The great thing about that mistake, which was shameful and inexcusable and a reflection of immaturity and confidence beyond what the facts justified, was that I learned a lot.
—John Bogle, inventor of the index fund and founder of Vanguard
The traditional kind of corporate meeting starts with a presentation. Somebody gets up in front of the room and presents with a powerpoint presentation, some type of slide show. In our view you get very little information, you get bullet points. This is easy for the presenter, but difficult for the audience. And so instead, all of our meetings are structured around a 6 page narrative memo.
—Jeff Bezos, Amazon
Also notice that everyone actually uses the first part of the meeting time (30 minutes?!) to read the memo while they all sit there:
The author gets the nice warm feeling of seeing their hard work being read.
If you have a traditional ppt presentation, executives interrupt. If you read the whole 6 page memo, on page 2 you have a question but on on page 4 that question is answered.
This is an anecdote that’s been floating around for awhile, so it’s good to lock down the URL for it, and the original Charlie Rose interview.