Derek Evans: TR!

February 18, 2020 • 7:30 p.m.
Restoration Church

Attend a talk on Teddy Roosevelt and his love of books at Natrona County Library on February 19, 6:30 p.m.

From Scholar/Actor Derek Evans:

My dear friends,

The Man In The Arena is a celebration of Theodore Roosevelt - the essential American. Owen Wister, who knew him well, called him "the most American American who ever lived!" He is famous for what was supposedly his favorite saying: "Speak softly and carry a Big Stick!" In fact, his favorite saying was "Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are." Our debt to him in this is almost beyond calculation. But even more than that, his attraction lasts as one of the most interesting men who ever lived - a man who was interesting because he was interested. There is no subject about which he did not thirst for knowledge: history, politics, philosophy, nature, linguistics, taxidermy, poetry - the list is endless. He loved books - he read in seven languages, including Portuguese. He wrote books - thirty-six books in all on a bewildering variety of subjects. He was a man who loved to talk philology with Harvard professors and bug collections with six-year-olds.

To bring this astonishing man alive, as well as my poor abilities as an actor can do, is the purpose of The Man In The Arena.

Co-Sponsored by KUYO, the Des & Carrie Bennion Family/The Bon Agency, KCWY 13, Natrona County Library and the Ramkota. Partial funding is from the Wyoming Community Foundation - Casper Area and Natrona County School District No. 1.

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