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Figure WILLIAM DERN AMERICAN HUMORIST THERE is always a short crop of good humorists — platformists who can cheer the souls of men, who can make proper light of common difficulties and plant in their stead a practical, constructive vision, and, when the occasion suggests, make people laugh for the sheer sake of a genuine good time. William Dern is such a humorist. After graduating from the Virginia Theological Seminary he was appointed General Missionary of the Episcopal Church in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Later he became rector of St. Andrews Church, Ft. Thomas, Ky., where, for ten years, he was president of the Ministerial Association and for several years the Executive Secretary of the Diocese of Lexington. He was also president of one of the largest Community Clubs in the south and was connected with one of the country's best known circuit Chatauquas in an executive capacity. During the last few years he has spent much of his time lecturing on inspirational humor which has earned for him the title, America's Most Versatile Humorist. With tolerance of all mankind and an inherent interest in the problems of people, William Dern has developed a philosophy that is understandable and timely. His humor is natural and refreshing. He is a gifted story-teller and a brilliant, stimulating speaker. His rapid rise within the past few years has been remarkable. He has appeared for important occasions of all kinds in most of the forty-eight states. Few platformists have enjoyed such a diversity of bookings, all of which call for a sympathetic understanding of human nature and keen knowledge of the technique of humorous speaking. Whether on the platform or at the banquet table, Mr. Dern's aim is to make audiences laugh and at the same time drive home a worthwhile philosophy which has been universally accepted by all for whom he has had the pleasure of speaking. For Availability WRITE, WIRE OF 'PHONE Tour Direction: HORNER-MOYER, INC. 3005 HARRISON, KANSAS CITY, MO. DIVERSIFIED OPINIONS A ROTARY CLUB This eminent master of platform technique possesses the skills of the humorist, and like all great humorists, great understanding of human nature and an obvious love for mankind. Milwaukee, Wis. A SCHOOL DIRECTORS GROUP Dr. Dern mixes his philosophy with generous portions of genuine humor, convulsing his audience again and again with stories drawn from a seemingly inexhaustible store of them. Danville, Ill. A MERCHANTS CLUB Interwoven in the humor of the anecdotes was a serious theme which met the challenge of crucial moments in the individual, community and national life. Uniontown, Pa. A Y. W. C. A. Mr. Dern is one of the cleverest and most interesting speakers to appear in this city in some time and kept his listeners in a state of genuine enjoyment and laughter. Parkersburg, W. Va. AN EMPLOYEES' GROUP Dr. Dern made a tremendous hit. A good many of our people felt that it was our best meeting. B. & L. E. R. R.—Lake Conneaut, Pa. A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE He spoke in rapid-fire fashion, yet with a dramatic ability and a story-telling capability little short of remarkable. Meadville, Pa. A BANKERS' CONVENTION As America's most versatile humorist, William Dern surpassed this well deserved title. He was our greatest banquet speaker. Fred Hartsock, Milford, Ohio. A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Enthusiastic bursts of applause are more eloquent testimonials of the manner in which your laugh provoking 'Dividends of Laughter' was received than anything we might say. We are delighted that you were selected as the principal speaker for our Annual Banquet. Lakewood, Ohio. A TRAFFIC CLUB We want you to know that your talk aided materially in making our meeting a splendid success. We wish it were possible for you to know the complimentary remarks made by a great many of your audience. Erie, Pa. A STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSN. You have an excellent message; one especially good for young people and I hope that you have many opportunities to give the same address to a large number of groups of them. Charleston, W. Va. A CIVIC CLUB I can say without any hesitancy that considering those speakers who have dwelt upon the humorous side in a class by themselves, you stand preeminent. Batavia, Ill. A MEDICAL ASSOCIATION It took Dr. Dern over an hour operating on our Funny Bone but when he finished we realized we had just experienced the most wonderful evening in the history of our Association. Dr. C. R. Campbell, Cincinnati. A ROTARY CONFERENCE Of all the lectures of humor I have ever heard in my life, none comes up to your address to the Conference at Madison. D. J. Kenney, Gov. 144th District. A MASONIC LODGE We have had so many complimentary remarks on your address before our Anniversary banquet, that I think I should pass the compliment along. We all certainly had a good time. Harrisburg, Pa. A TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION I heard many, many comments to the effect that you rated as the best humorist that had ever appeared on our program. Norfolk, Neb. A LUNCHEON CLUB Dr. Dern met with as fine a response from an audience as I have ever known. His rapid-fire story telling was exceedingly well done and he kept his audience thoroughly entertained. Quest Club—Ft. Wayne, Ind. VARIED ENGAGEMENTS American Institute of Banking Columbus, Ohio Independent Pioneer Telephone Association Chicago, Ill. Kiwanis Club Canton, Ohio Woman's Club Davenport, Iowa Automobile Club Pottstown, Pa. Chicago Furniture Manufacturers Association Chicago, Ill. Ohio Holstein Friesian Association Wooster, Ohio First Methodist Church Champaign, Ill. Dayton Rubber Mfg. Co. Dayton, Ohio Maryland Farm Bureau Baltimore, Md. Ohio Farm Equipment Association Columbus, Ohio Traffic Club Syracuse, N. Y. Tennessee Valley Post Graduate Medical Assembly Knoxville, Tenn. Chamber of Commerce East Chicago, Ind. Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pa. Vermilion County Bankers Association Danville, Ill. Rotary Club Syracuse, N. Y. Inter-State Milk Producers Coop. Philadelphia, Pa. Chamber of Commerce Jackson, Miss. Michigan Elevator Exchange Lansing, Mich. Executive Club Chicago, Ill. Pennsylvania Association Township Road Supervisors Harrisburg, Pa. Chamber of Commerce Canton, Ill. Indiana Telephone Association Indianapolis, Ind. Ohio Association Personal Finance Companies Columbus, Ohio American Institute of Banking Warren, Pa. Chamber of Commerce New Orleans, La. West Virginia Nurses Association Huntington, W. Va. Board of Trade West Chester, Pa. State Federated Boards of Education Trenton, N. J. Business and Professional Woman's Club Steubenville, Ohio Nebraska State Teachers' Association Alliance, Neb. Rotary Club La Crosse, Wis. Pennsylvania Thresherman and Farmers Protective Association Harrisburg, Pa. Fairfield County Education Association Lancaster, Ohio Construction Industries Dinner Pittsburgh, Pa. Rochester Club Rochester, N. Y. Purchasing Agents Association Chicago, Ill. Cooperative Association Graymont, Ill. Beacon Mutual Indemnity Co. Columbus, Ohio Woman's Rotary Club Cincinnati, Ohio Scottish Rite Banquet South Bend, Ind. Warehouseman's Convention Chicago, Ill. Rotary Club Atlantic City, N. J. Ad-Sell Club Omaha, Neb. Penn-Athletic Club Philadelphia, Pa. Industrial Executives Club Grand Rapids, Mich. Armstrong Cork Co. Lancaster, Pa. National Rice Millers Association Hot Springs, Ark. Business and Professional Woman's Club Green Bay, Wis. Ohio Lions Club Convention Cincinnati, Ohio Exchange Club Atlantic City, N. J. Chamber of Commerce Spartanburg, S. C. Ft. Hayes Kansas State College Hayes, Kan. Kiwanis Club Wilmington, Del. Ohio Bakers Association Cincinnati, Ohio Rotary Club Little Rock, Ark. Traffic Club St. Louis, Mo. Retail Merchants Division Chamber of Commerce Saginaw, Mich. Credit Men's Association Louisville, Ky. Rotary Club Detroit, Mich. Sunday Evening Lecture Club Bartlesville, Okla. Annual Shrine Banquet Dayton, Ohio Lycoming County Institute Williamsport, Pa. Michigan Hardware Association Grand Rapids, Mich. Civitan International Convention Cincinnati, Ohio Kiwanis Club Brooklyn, N. Y.
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