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Kevin J Bochynski <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 3 Jan 1999 07:57:42 -0500
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I am posting this on behalf od Tom Okerberg.-- Kevin B.

From: "Thomas A. Okerberg" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: MLA - Hal Holbrook

I was there at the meeting.  The presentation was in the Mark Twain Suite at
the Downtown Marriott. There were only 17 people in attendance, so it was
intimate and special. Holbrook greeted and shook hands with everyone in
attendance.  He discussed his years of performing Mark Twain.  It was
originally three acts, now I believe only two.  The first act was crammed
full of jokes to interest those who had been dragged to something originally
described as a "lecture".

The video of his 1967 Mark Twain Tonight originally aired on CBS, I think,
is going to be released soon.  Holbrook was surprised when he reviewed it
that it included alot of material on politics and civil rights. He is always
searching Twain material to be contemporary.  He recently added
material involving impeachment, and lying and character of politicians.
Twain thought he would be a good candidate since he would state beforehand
that he had committed every transgression possible when he announced his
candidacy. Holbrook currently has about six hours of material committed to

This is a flavor of the hour long meeting.  I am sure Shelley Fisher Fishkin
will give a better synopsis in the next Mark Twain Circular.  This gathering
was worth me traveling from Atlanta to see.

Tao Okerberg