Several readers protested when I attributed to Churchill the quote, “It’s only when the tide goes out that you discover who’s been swimming naked”. Warren Buffet said the same thing last September and apparently that was the first time many had heard that pithy bit of wisdom so they assumed that the sage of Omaha had coined it. Not so, but I’m afraid I can’t (quickly) pin it down with exactitude. I Googled it but the data base has been corrupted by Buffet attributions and I don’t have the patience to wade through them looking for the first use. But there are, buried in the Google search results, multiple citations, all well before September 2008, giving credit to Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, George Bernard Shaw to Churchill, and even (one instance) Eldridge Cleaver.
So there you have it – pays yur money, take your chances. See you at Miacomet on Nantucket or, Retired IB’R, on Gouverneur.