Lead: Of the major leaders of the twentieth century, none is thought to have equalled the speaking ability of Winston Churchill. Many credit his radio speeches during the dark days of World War II as helping to fend off defeat when Britain stood alone against Hitler's war machine.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Ironically, Churchill's rhetorical gifts were not natural. In fact his speeches were carefully crafted and meticulously rehearsed. He lacked a university education and as a member of Parliament early in the century, he encountered glib and eloquent graduates of the Oxford Debate Union and at times was bested by them. From then on he would write his speeches out and memorize them.