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Mon, 24 Jan 2022 10:41:17 -0500
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That's a remarkable story, Warren, personal and touching. Thanks for
sharing it.

Terry Oggel
just east on I 64 from you, in Richmond, at VCU

On Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 7:19 AM 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 life-changing
> experience. I graduated in 1961. Having graduated from Culver in 1944, Mr.
> Holbrook had preceded me there by seventeen years. I saw him perform once
> there and several more times over the years. The last time was in the early
> 1990s when my beloved bride and I lived in Tulsa. Before the curtain 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 'The 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 the
> 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 had
> 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 Prayer'. I
> was thrilled yet again and also humbled.
> What a wonderful, wonderful man. We lost a great American a year ago. 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 actor, 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
> > <
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