Hi folks. As you’ll have seen in my last post, Ben Weider, President and Founder of the International Napoleonic Society, passed away on October 17, 2008. As Ben was a major influence in Napoleonic circles, a tireless promoter of the Emperor’s achievements, and, not least, a very close friend and colleague of David’s, we wanted to share with you some thoughts on Ben. I was at David’s house in Olympia this last weekend, shooting video of his AMAZING Napoleonic collection for our upcoming DVD pack, and we sat down to pay homage to Ben. This interview also features a chat with our friend Sean Richarz, composer of the musical Les Cent Jours De Napoleon (The 100 Days of Napoleon) that I mentioned when we were in Ajaccio last July and an opportunity for you to win one of five free signed CD’s of the music from the musical! Listen to the show to find out how to enter the competition.
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On behalf of David and myself, I want to sincerely THANK YOU ALL for going on this journey with us over the last couple of years. It’s been a highlight of my podcasting career to be able to produce this for you. Of course I need to thank the one and only J. David Markham for giving us all so much of his time and knowledge freely and willingly over these last couple of years. I really do believe he has not only taken us all on a wonderful journey, but has also left a benchmark in podcasting and education.
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I am very pleased to see this tribute to Ben Weider. Although I never met him in person, I had a good friendship with him. He was my very first contact inside of the Napoleonic historian circle, and he adamently encouraged me in my research. He even went so far as to offer me the opportunity to become a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society. I was there when David [Markham, of course] announced his death to the Napoleonic Historical Society at their conference in Philadelphia on that day, the 17th. His death hit me hard, and it is only fitting that we as a community offer some sort of tribute to him. Thanks, Cam.