Calvin Coolidge coming to Goodrich Library
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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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.