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Thatcher remembered

Updated: 2013-04-08T21:42:22Z

By DAVE HELLING

Sometime in the 1990s — early research suggests 1992, but I’m willing to consider other dates — former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher held a news conference at the Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City.

She was here for a series of meetings and speeches. She came here, at least in part, at the request of the late Charles Price, a Kansas Citian and former British Ambassador under Ronald Reagan.

Thatcher agreed to take questions from Kansas City reporters, which in those days included Micheal Mahoney at KMBC and — well, let’s just say it. Me.

The two of us peppered Thatcher with various questions, as we occasionally did in those days. He would ask a question, I would bounce off it, then he would follow up.

Thatcher answered two or three questions about whatever the subjects were that day. But she quickly tired of the back-and-forth, and let us know.

“That’s enough,” she said after a question, pointing at the two of us. “Yooor finished. And yooor finished.”

That was it. No more inquiries from Mahoney and Helling.

There were a few chuckles from the videographers, though.

From Bob and Elizabeth Dole:

“We were saddened to learn of the death of Margaret Thatcher, who ranks among the finest of British prime ministers and the greatest political figures of the twentieth century.

“Baroness Thatcher’s qualities as a leader were matchless. Together with President Ronald Reagan, Mrs. Thatcher restored transatlantic relations to their closest and most productive level since World War II. We know that the people of the United States are grateful for her political, military, and economic support and cooperation throughout her tenure in Downing Street. We express our heartfelt condolences to the British public and extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Thatcher's family.”

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