OK, if not Goethe or Schiller, how about Nietzsche?
For one thing, his mustache is a heck of lot better than Twain's, plus
he said a lot of witty Twainian things ("In heaven, all of the
interesting people are missing"). But he might want to avoid that "God
is dead" shtick; some audiences can be touchy.
As for Hal Holbrook, I can't add much to what I said in my elegy in the
MTJ, but I cannot imagine anyone who ever met him didn't come away from
that encounter without an indelible memory, and I think anyone who ever
saw him in live performance as Mark Twain counts that experience as a
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From: "Wolfgang Hochbruck"
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Sent: 1/24/2022 9:50:51 AM
Subject: Re: Hal Holbrook
>..what a remarkable story - thanks for sharing! I don't think Hal
>Holbrook ever toured Germany, i would have loved to see him. He may
>even have been a far distant relation; there is a story in the family
>that some great x 4 or so uncle changed his name to Holbrook upon
>arrival in the USA because people choked on the German "ch" and he
>didn't like the idea of being called Hogbrook --
>In the early 80s, there was a Twain impersonator on tour in Germany,
>and i saw him but i don't remember who it was nor was the tour
>particularly successful. At that time, nobody over here had ever heard
>of living history presentations, and teachers of German would likely
>have fainted at the idea of somebody impersonating Goethe or
>On Mon, 24 Jan 2022 07:12:55 -0500
> Warren Miller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>Thank you for remembering Hal Holbook, Shelley.
>>I had the good fortune to win a scholarship to attend Culver Military
>>Academy starting in the fall of 1958. It was a fabulous and
>>experience. I graduated in 1961. Having graduated from Culver in 1944,
>>Holbrook had preceded me there by seventeen years. I saw him perform
>>there and several more times over the years. The last time was in the
>>1990s when my beloved bride and I lived in Tulsa. Before the curtain
>>up that night, I sent a note to him backstage; on the back of my
>>card, I said I was a Culver graduate and asked him if he would do 'The
>>Prayer' which I had seen the first time at Culver more than thirty
>>before. I had read that he chose what he was going to do in a given
>>performance as he went along, based on the audience's reaction to the
>>choices he was making. Sure enough, near the end of the evening, he
>>'The War Prayer.' It was even more spectacular and moving than I had
>>remembered. I was thrilled.
>>A couple of weeks later, I got a handwritten note from him in the
>>thanked me for attending and said he hoped I enjoyed 'The War Prayer'.
>>was thrilled yet again and also humbled.
>>What a wonderful, wonderful man. We lost a great American a year ago.
>>he rest in peace.
>>Thank you again, Shelley.
>>Warren Miller, CPA, CFA
>>On Sun, Jan 23, 2022 at 10:58 AM Shelley Fisher Fishkin <
>>[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> One year ago today, on January 23rd, the world lost a gifted actor,
>>> brilliant scholar of Mark Twain, and a kind, generous, and caring
>>> being. Many of us on this list lost a friend. Hal Holbrook Z”L —
>>> memory be a blessing.
>>> Shelley Fisher Fishkin
>>> Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities; Professor of English, and
>>> Director of American Studies, Stanford University
>>> Mail: Department of English, Bldg. 460, 450 Jane Stanford Way,
>>> University, Stanford, CA 94305-2087
>Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hochbruck
>Dept. of English
>Centre for Security and Society
>Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg
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