Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race dinners are engaging and nostalgic rituals for the narrow group of Americans with old ties to those universities. Aside from good food and drink and appropriate toasts, they usually feature a British and an American speaker. I was the American speaker at the February 1969 dinner in Washington, D.C. It was my first reappearance in Washington as a bona fide professor, because I had left for the University of Texas at Austin shortly after Richard Nixon’s inauguration about a month before. The talk that I gave is reprinted here.