Calvin Coolidge com­ing to Goodrich Li­brary

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Who Jim Cooke per­forms as Calvin Coolidge at the Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 7 at 7:00 PM. is Jim Cooke? He is an ac­tor who turned from the stage to the “dry” pages of his­tory and makes the past live again in this amaz­ing solo per­for­mance. “Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words” is part of the Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil’s First Wed­nes­days lec­ture series, hosted by the Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary.

Who was Calvin Coolidge? OK. OK. He was the 30th Pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica, but who­ever named him “Silent Cal” sim­ply was not pay­ing at­ten­tion. Like tur­keys leap­ing into a bar­rel, his­to­ri­ans have fol­lowed each other in their rush to con­sign Coolidge to the dust bins of the past. Why did Will Rogers call his friend the pres­i­dent the “fun­ni­est pub­lic man I ever met”? You get much “More Than Two Words” when you wit­ness the “Roar­ing Twen­ties” ----days of flap­pers, Fords, and pro­hi­bi­tion---from his unique van­tage point.

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His­tor­i­cal hu­mour

This per­for­mance draws its ti­tle from a story of Coolidge’s brief time as vice pres­i­dent. At din­ner, seated next to a gre­gar­i­ous lady, says she:

Oh, Mr. Coolidge, I’ve made a five dol­lar bet that I can make you to say more than two words!

You lose. Says he: Join us at the Goodrich on the first Wed­nes­day of De­cem­ber for an en­ter­tain­ing evening of wit, hu­mor, and his­tor­i­cal in­sight. Re­fresh­ments will be served.

First Wed­nes­days pro­grams are also spon­sored by the Ver­mont De­part­ment of Li­braries, As­so­ci­ated In­sur­ance, Com­mu­nity Na­tional Bank, and the New­port City Re­nais­sance Corp. The Goodrich is hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble.

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