Christopher Ave | St. Louis Post-Dispatch | February 28, 2014

Sixty-eight years ago next week, Baxter Brown Watson was a witness to history.

Watson was a student at Westminster College on March 5, 1946, when Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech there. Watson not only saw the speech — he was given the honor of accompanying Churchill and President Harry S Truman to the campus gymnasium where the former prime minister delivered his address.

Watson, now 90, also snapped a photo of the two leaders as they stood on the university president’s porch, which he describes as one of his proudest moments.

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“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”

Winston S. Churchill