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Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2022 19:36:58 +0100
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Parts/Attachments: text/plain (139 lines) September 1960 i was 15 months old ... if that is an excuse for
not having been in the audience -

best wishes

On Mon, 24 Jan 2022 09:24:22 -0800
 Shelley Fisher Fishkin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Warren, thank you for your story—a reminder of how  responsive and
>generous Hal Holbrook was. If he knew a piece mattered to one
>particular member of his audience, he would often make sure it was
>included in the show. Lovely that you saw that yourself. And Wolfgang,
>he most certainly did tour in Germany. In September, 1960, he
>performed in Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg , and Berlin, and in October
>of that year in Bonn. He got a very warm response. The Huck Finn
>numbers went especially well; numbers involving religion or death,
>however, fell flat.																											all best,
>																											Shelley
>> On Jan 24, 2022, at 7:50 AM, Wolfgang Hochbruck
><[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> ..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
>> 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
>> of living history presentations, and teachers of German would likely
>> have fainted at the idea of somebody impersonating Goethe or
>> Schiller... 
>> best
>> w
>> 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
>>> Academy starting in the fall of 1958.  It was a fabulous and
>>> life-changing
>>> experience. I graduated in 1961. Having graduated from Culver in
>>> Mr.
>>> Holbrook had preceded me there by seventeen years. I saw him
>>> once
>>> there and several more times over the years. The last time was in
>>> early
>>> 1990s when my beloved bride and I lived in Tulsa. Before the
>>> went
>>> up that night, I sent a note to him backstage; on the back of my
>>> business
>>> card, I said I was a Culver graduate and asked him if he would do
>>> War
>>> Prayer' which I had seen the first time at Culver more than thirty
>>> years
>>> 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
>>> choices he was making. Sure enough, near the end of the evening, he
>>> did the
>>> 'The War Prayer.' It was even more spectacular and moving than I
>>> remembered. I was thrilled.
>>> A couple of weeks later, I got a handwritten note from him in the
>>> mail. He
>>> thanked me for attending and said he hoped I enjoyed 'The War
>>> I
>>> was thrilled yet again and also humbled.
>>> What a wonderful, wonderful man. We lost a great American a year
>>> May
>>> he rest in peace.
>>> Thank you again, Shelley.
>>> Warren Miller, CPA, CFA
>>> Lexington, Virginia
>>> 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
>>> a
>>>> brilliant scholar of Mark Twain, and a kind, generous, and caring
>>> human
>>>> being. Many of us on this list lost a  friend. Hal Holbrook Z”L —
>>> May his
>>>> 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,
>>> Stanford
>>>> University, Stanford, CA 94305-2087
>>>> <
>> Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hochbruck
>> Dept. of English 
>> Centre for Security and Society
>> Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg
>> Rempart St. 15
>> D-79098 Freiburg
>> Germany

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hochbruck
Dept. of English 
Centre for Security and Society
Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg
Rempart St. 15
D-79098 Freiburg