Winston Smith (1984) Winston Smith is the main character of George Orwell’s classic novel of “future” totalitarianism, Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1948. Set in a post World War II gloomy and depressing “Big Brother” state, where the “Thought Police” monitor every action, the novel convincingly warns of the dangers of allowing the dehumanization of mankind at the hands of an autocratic government. Winston is one of us (well, most of us) – he is the common man trying to do his duty, yet overwhelmingly tempted by the dual siren call of thinking and questioning. Throw in a love affair, and you have trouble. Well, Winston has trouble. In his doomed quest to achieve truth, individuality and personal affection, Winston briefly blooms with all the potential that life seems to offer. He awakens to love, to trust, and to hope, the very standards of a good life that are specifically denounced by the new order. After the most fleeting of bright moments, Winston is betrayed and he betrays himself, caught in the inexorable trap of fright and despondency. Soon enough Winston is “reintegrated” into Society, and he dully returns to a life in which he will parrot the truth as it is told to him, as in two and two equal five. Because we identify with him, Winston, rightfully, breaks our collective heart.
Winston Smith Takes It on the Jaw - a song by Utopia
The Potato Chip Puzzles: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen (Eric Berlin) - When a local potato chip tycoon invites area kids to an all-day puzzle hunt, Winston Breen is psyched. But it turns out the day is not all fun and games. Their teacher is being overly competitive, the puzzles are hard (even for Winston), and someone in the contest is playing dirty in order to win the fifty-thousand-dollar grand prize! Trying to stop the mystery cheater before it's too late takes an already tough challenge to a whole new level. Recommended for ages 8-11.
The Puzzler's Mansion: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen (Eric Berlin) - Winston Breen is back with more puzzle fun! Puzzle fanatic Winston Breen and his best friends receive a once-in-a-lifetime invitation--to a weekend of riddles, games and puzzles at a fabulous mansion! Famous musician Richard Overton is giving away valuable prizes and Winston is ready to win. But the ultimate weekend becomes the ultimate mystery when prizes start going missing, and no guests are above suspicion. Can Winston crack the case before the weekend is up? A fast-paced whodunit filled with interactive puzzles and plenty of clever brain-teasers, the latest Winston Breen installment will have readers hooked! Recommended for ages 8-11.
The Puzzling World of Winston Breen (Eric Berlin) - Winston Breen says “the only thing better than discovering a puzzle is stumping someone else with it.” But when his sister uncovers mysterious strips of wood with words and letters on them, even Winston himself is stumped. Soon the whole family, and some friends, are caught up in the mystery and off on a scavenger hunt that just may lead to a ring worth thousands of dollars! Chock-full of puzzles to solve - some tied to the mystery and some not - this treasure hunt will keep reader’s brains teased right up to the exciting ending! Recommended for ages 8-11.
Winston in the City (Liam O'Donnel) - Winston, a Dachshund is a downtown city dog. He spends his day sitting at his owner's feet at an outdoor cafe, riding in a taxi, and going to a groomer. But the most exciting part of his day has yet to come! Kids will love this story which is based on a real Dachshund, and has been approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Winston of Churchill: One Bear's Battle Against Global Warming (Jean Davies Okimoto) - Churchill, Manitoba is the polar bear capitol of the world. Every winter, tourists flock to the tiny town to watch the bears hunt and frolic on the frozen waters of the Hudson Bay. This year, though, the tourists are in for a big surprise…Winston! A smart, fierce, brave bear, Winston of Churchill has noticed that their icy home is slowly melting away. He explains to the other bears why the ice is melting then, using the stirring words of his famous namesake, rallies the bears to convince humans to save their Arctic home. However, on the way to the protest march, Winston learns an unexpected lesson and realizes that he, too, must change his ways. This timely, funny story draws attention to the polar bears’ plight and helps children understand that in the face of global warming, everyone must do their part, no matter how small. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Winston the Book Wolf (Marni McGee) - Devour a good book! In this clever take-off on Little Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf is the very hungry Winston who likes to eat books! When the librarian scolds him for this naughty behavior, Rosie (who wears a familiar red hoodie), rescues him and takes him out into the woods to teach him how to read books, not eat books. Winston grows to love reading and is soon devouring books with his eyes, and reading them (disguised as Granny Winston) to groups of children at the library. This hilarious book, complete with fabulous art and a die-cut cover highlight the importance of books and the joy of reading! Recommended for ages 3-6.
Winston The Water Dog (Mary Korr) - Portuguese Water Dog Tales. Winston the Water Dog is a recipient of the prestigious Silver Mom's Choice Awards. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Winston - Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister); Winston E. Scott (astronaut); Winston Peters (New Zealand politician)
Famous People Who Named Their Son Winston - Billie Piper (English actress/singer)
Winston Churchill (30 Nov 1874 – 24 Jan 1965) - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was one of the most important world leaders of modern times, and an iconic figure for the ages. Born to an aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, Lord Randolph Churchill and his glamorous American wife, Jennie Jerome, Winston was raised with all the privilege of his class. He was brought up at a coolly acceptable emotional distance from his parents, and educated at Harrow and Sandhurst. Although not noted for a keen intellect in his rather scrappy youth, Winston Churchill enjoyed a military career and long service as a Member of Parliament and as First Lord of the Admiralty. His finest hour, and that of his fellow Brits, came at the onset of World War II, during which time he served as Prime Minister and rallied the entire nation on to victory against overwhelming odds. The picture of the stalwart Winston, cigar firmly clenched between his teeth, flashing the “V” for victory sign, is one that is emblazoned on every schoolchild’s (of a certain age) mind. Although immensely popular, Winston Churchill’s public career on such a grand stage was largely over after the war. He continue to be active in politics, as well as in his multiple extracurricular interests in history, writing, painting and oratory, but a series of strokes rendered him increasingly impaired. He died at his beloved estate, Chartwell, at the age of 90, with his wife of almost 60 years at his side. His state funeral was the largest ever held in the world, with China the only nation not represented. One of the most memorable quotes of all those attributed to him was made ten years before his death, and is resoundingly apt: “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter”.