Mario Contasino will forever be connected with the story of an event that almost altered history. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. once asked: “Would the next two decades have been the same had the automobile killed Winston Churchill in 1931 and the bullet killed Franklin Roosevelt in 1933?"
Winston Churchill loved a good card game. Later in life, he even traveled with a green, velvet table cover to facilitate the pastime. Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and friend of Hillsdale College, also enjoys playing cards, especially when the game requires strategic decision making. While serving as U.S. Ambassador to NATO in 1973, he learned a version of solitaire from Belgian Ambassador André de Staercke, who claimed that none other than Prime Minister Churchill taught him the game during World War II.