The passing of Margaret Thatcher brings to end the life of one of the remarkable political personalities of my lifetime.
The “Iron Lady” is a sobriquet that was well earned and will always evoke her image. Above all else, she was tough.
The U.S. Navy, in its infinite wisdom, stationed me at a little base in eastern Scotland from 1971-74. I remember “Thatcher the milk snatcher”, as she was called when she was Minister for Education, from first-hand experience.
I was there for the 1972 and 1974 coal miner’s strikes. I remember getting four hours of electricity per day, two in the morning and two in the evening, in 1972, as the government of Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath scheduled rolling electricity blackouts throughout the country to save coal at the power stations.
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Attorney, television host, veteran, and family man are some of the words that describe the varied life and career of Andy Savage. He is a consummate legal professional while fitting the role of a modern Renaissance man.
Born and raised in Kingston, N.Y., Savage graduated from New York City’s Fordham University in 1972 before heading south to stay. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1975.
“I always wanted to be a lawyer,” said Savage. “I had uncles who were lawyers and kind of grew up with the idea.”
Savage served as a prosecutor in the S.C. Fifth Judicial Circuit before becoming Chief Trial Counsel for the S.C. Attorney General’s Office Criminal Division from 1979-81.
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