Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Duchess, the King and the Baltimore Connection.

Today at  The Lecture Group  we listened to Zippy Larson speak about her favorite subject... The Duchess, the King and the Baltimore Connection. 

Zippy has done so much research and has a wealth of information...enough to fill a semester, or two.

The Smithsonian Institution Resident Associates asked her to research the Baltimore years of Wallis Warfield Simpson and devise a tour especially for them focusing on King Edward and Mrs Simpson in Baltimore.  From this tour she started lecturing on the subject.


Zippy spoke from A-Z and  "almost"  wrapped it up in an hour. Her enthusiasm, on the subject of the King who abdicated, was contagious and fun.  When King Edward VIII  gave up his throne to marry an American, his choice nearly brought the British Empire to its knees.

If you have a chance to hear Zippy, please don't miss it.

(Zippy and I met because we are both Registered Nurses who graduated from Sinai Hospital. Zippy has also been a Realtor®)

After the session I went up to congratulate her on doing such a fine job.  Zippy asked me write something down for her.  The delightful Celeste Pushkin, a Realtor® with Long & Foster,  was reciting a song she sang as a young girl jumping rope.

Here is how it goes:


" New York girls are beautiful.

  Philadelphia girls are smart.

  But it takes a girl from Baltimore

  To win King Edward's heart."



                                       The Lecture Group Zippy and Celeste
                                                                  Celeste and Zippy

  That little girl song from a few years back summed up Zippy's talk .

 The Duchess, the King and the Baltimore Connection.



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