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Gaston Lecture Series

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?"



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