Fall, November 1, Thursday at 6 p.m.
Randall Reeder - Will Rodgers Today
Randall Reeder brings to life the warmth and humor of Will Rogers as he speaks to business and agriculture audiences, and a variety of other groups. He is more than a “Will Rogers impersonator” or a “Will Rogers impressionist” or “Will Rogers speaker”. You’ll feel like you are in the presence of Will Rogers. If you know Will, this Will Rogers look-alike will make you do a double-take as soon as you lay eyes on him.
As a professional speaker Randall draws on Will Rogers' published writings and other sources, plus remembrances by Will's family and acquaintances to customize his presentation based on the interests of the audience. Then he adds observations about life, politics and the world today, presented with the Will Rogers style and grace. The result is an enlightening, inspirational and thoroughly entertaining presentation your group is sure to enjoy.
If requested, Randall includes some photos (PowerPoint slides) of Will, his family and friends to enhance your pleasure of being with 'Will Rogers'. Randall smoothly blends this 'high technology' into his 'down home' commentary. As you visit with 'Will' before and after a presentation you will feel the warmth and understanding that made Will Rogers the most beloved American of the 1920's and 1930's.
One audience member wrote, "The country needed a Will Rogers back then when things were tough. And we still need one today."
"I sure liked your speech and your writings. Great stuff." Jim Rogers (Will's son) (Note: Jim passed away April 28, 2000)
ADMISSION FREE - No Ticket Required
Past Gaston Lectures
October 5, 1999, Wonderful World of Will Rogers
November 7, 2000, Gary Langston, Photojournalist
October 25, 2001, Werner Fornos of The Population Institute
May 9, 2002, Susan Llanes Myers of the Holocaust Museum
October 3, 2002, Isaac Yeffet - Anti-TerrorismExpert
February 4, 2003, Pearl Duncan - "Know YourHistory"
September 2003, Dr. Vaughn Grisham
March 4, 2004, Dr. Chris Hackler - MedicalEthicist
September 28, 2004, Robin Davie - "As Good As It Gets"
April 5, 2005, TimErnst - Arkansas Wilderness Photographer
October 4, 2005, Janet Carson "Fall for a Dazzling Spring"
April 4, 2006, I.C.Smith - "Top G-Man" Threat to National Security
September 26, 2006, Larry Dablemont - Outdoor Naturalist
March 13, 2007, Frank Caple - "The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain"
September 25, 2007, Deena Burnett Bailey, Everyday Heroes and 9/11
February 19, 2008, Dr. Gwendolyn Twillie, African Literature
October 7, 2008, Richard Henson, The Broom Man
October 27, 2008, Skip Rutherford, Clinton School of Public Service
February 26, 2009, War Letters - A Reader's Theatre
September 22, 2009, The Buffalo Flows
March 1, 2010, Mike Wimmer, Commercial Artist
March 8, 2011, Neil White, Author of "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts"
September 27, 2011, Jimmy Dykes, ESPN Analyst
October 9, 2012, Peter Giuliano, Film andTelevision Producer
March 12, 2013, Mr. and Mrs. John Joslyn, Titanic Museum Owners
October 22, 2013, Roy Hallums, Author of "BuriedAlive"
January 30, 2014, Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly - "The Tilted World"
April 8, 2014, VJ Smith, Author of "The Richest Man in Town"
September 23, 2014, Theodore Roosevelt: The Man in the Areena
February 24, 2015, Ruth B. Hawkins, Hemmingway’s Time in Arkasnas
October 6, 2015, RosalieGould, Japanese American Relocation Camps
March 3, 2016, Dr. Nancy Hendricks as Hattie Carraway
September 20, 2016, Wendy E. Simmons
April 25, 2017, Churchill: A One-Man Play by Andrew Edlin
September 25, 2017, Jennifer Wiseman - Hubble Telescope, NASA
March 13, 2018, John Maxwell - "Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?"