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ELBERT R. MOSES Interpreter Figure REMBRANDT Pgh ELBERT R. MOSES Interpreter of Programs with a Universal Appeal ELBERT R. MOSES is one of America's outstanding Interpreters of Literature. He was a pupil of Robert McLain Cumnock, Director of the Northwestern School of Speech. While a student in college, he represented both his college and the state in inter-collegiate oratory. For more than twenty years he has been a successful teacher of expression and public speaking in established colleges. In 1923 he came to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and purchased the beautiful home of Mrs. William Thaw, Jr. and founded the Pittsburgh School of Speech, which has enjoyed an unusual growth. Mr. Moses has been a leading attraction before college audiences, teachers institutes, service clubs, and assemblies for many years. His programs are original, unique, and contain that most important element—A UNIVERSAL APPEAL. Mr. Moses was among the first to take advantage of the Radio as a means of broadcasting his messages from literature. He has been credited with the honor of Pioneer in this field. During the past three years more than two hundred programs have been broadcast to the unseen audience over station KDKA, pioneer broadcasting station of the world. Aside from lecturing and teaching Mr. Moses finds time for some literary work. While not widely known as a poet, yet his poems contain charm and purpose. Much of what he has written centers about the youth of today. Among his best known poems are: Flaming Youth,When I was a Country Boy, and My Kind of a Boy. Mr. Moses holds membership in the Delta Sigma Rho, honorary Public Speaking Fraternity, International Lyceum and Chautauqua Association, Son's of the American Revolution, and is listed in Who's Who in America. ABRAHAM LINCOLN Inspirational THIS is a great inspiring program. It is a historical review, a lecture, and a dramatic reading combined. Mr. Moses, through painstaking research, visiting of the Lincoln shrines, and personal contact with those who were the associates of Mr. Lincoln, has woven together a dramatization that is truly fascinating. It is not only original but unique. He brings to the audience a vivid picture of this Great American, extending from his cabin life up through to the Capital. You see, as one says, the great strong homely lovable pathetic man live again not only to the eye but to the imagination. All is accomplished without the use of wigs, costumes, grease paints or scenery. The secret of this effect is due to the colorful modulation of the voice and the skillful use of dramatic technique. The following scenes from the life of our martyred President are portrayed: Lincoln's nomination in the Wigwam at Chicago. Lincoln in the White House at Washington. Lincoln in the Executive Mansion at Washington. Lincoln on the Battle Field at Gettysburg. Lincoln in Ford's Theatre at Washington. Characters introduced in to the scenes besides Mr. Lincoln are: Mrs. Lincoln, William H. Seward, Secretary of State; Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War; Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of Treasury; John G. Nicola, Private Secretary to Mr. Lincoln; visitors, attendants, and servants. JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY Educational A POPULAR interpretive lecture from the life and works of one of our most popular American Poets. It is doubtful if the platform has ever boasted of a more delightful entertainer than James Whitcomb Riley. He was not only an outstanding entertainer—but was greater as a poet. He has left the generations to come a heritage of verse that the common man will ever cherish. In this program Mr. Moses not only brings to the audience interesting information about the man, Riley—for he enjoyed a personal acquaintance—but the audience may expect to learn much about many of his popular poems. Mr. Moses, through his personal visit to the early scenes in the life of the beloved poet at Greenfield, the Old Swimmin' Hole, the Brandywine Creek, Lockerbie Street, the home in Indianapolis, will tell for the first time many incidents about the poet and his poems which have not heretofore been made public. Most audiences are interested to know something about the poet's school days, his career as a circus lad, a sign painter, a newspaper writer and the early struggles for recognition—all this and much more may be expected from this program. The program pulsates with human interest. Here are some of your old favorites. Little Orphant Annie The Old Swimmin' Hole O Heart of Mine Bereaved America An Old Sweetheart of Mine When the Frost is on the Punkin' EVERYBODYS COO COO Entertaining THE use of slang is quite common. Many of the Americans seem to feel that they can express themselves more forcibly through the medium of slang. Why you're coo coo!That's coo coo! are meaningful expressions often heard. Everybody's coo coo is the phrase often used when we differ in our opinions. Of course it is always the other fellow who is coo coo when the laws of conventionality are violated. Mr. Moses has enlarged upon this idea and has woven about the phrase a program which is indeed unique and original. It is neither a lecture nor a lecture recital, but rather a literary satire on the fads and fancies of our modern civilization. He has drawn for his material upon our modern writers and brings to the platform for the first time a unified group of stories, poems anecdotes, depicting this phase of our national, and domestic life. While the program is replete with American wit and humor, yet there is a serious undercurrent which is easily detected running throughout the program. The courts, marriage, laws, home, campus life, and flaming youth all are arraigned but portrayed in such a manner as not to offend. It is a program with a universal interest and is highly entertaining. SOMETHING DIFFERENT. SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY. SOMETHING FOR ALL OCCASIONS. THE POET AND HIS SONG Cultural A PROGRAM OF POETRY presented by one who is not only gifted as a reader but one who writes verse quite as well as he reads it. Endowed with a rich resonant voice, and with a mind and soul atuned to the metrical line, the audience is given an interpretation that is equalled by but few upon the platform. Mr. Moses not only brings to his hearers a program of charm and beauty but a delightful entertainment. After a brief history of poetry and its place in our national life the audience is introduced to many of its favorite American writers. The selections used for interpretation are usually taken from their best known and most popular verse. Mr. Moses believes that much of the interest aroused in a poem comes from a knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the writing of the poem. Where possible this information is brought to the audience. Usually a background of unusual interest is built preceeding the interpretation. The audience may expect to hear select poems from the following well known American authors: JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY,The Hoosier Poet PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR,The Negro Poet HENRY VAN DYKE,The Poet of Princeton EUGENE FIELD,The Children's Poet And Don Marquis, Arthur Guiterman, ultra-modern writers with some original poems by Mr. Moses himself. A PROGRAM THAT IS STANDARD ENOUGH TO BE CLASSICAL BUT NOT CLASSICAL ENOUGH TO BE HIGHBROW. STATION KDKA Pioneer Broadcasting Station of the World Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania June 7, 1928. DEAR MR. MOSES: I want you to know that your radio features have been outstanding events in the programs from Station KDKA. Your programs, Abraham Lincoln,James Whitcomb Riley, and Gems of American Literature, have endeared you to our radio listeners and established you as one of the foremost Radio Artists. G. DARE FLECK, Program Director, Station KDKA Recent Engagements Coe College Cedar Rapids, Iowa James Whitcomb Riley Church of the Wide Fellowship Southern Pines, North Carolina Abraham Lincoln Golden Jubilee Mapleton, Minnesota Everybody's Coo Coo Ad Club, Chamber of Commerce Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Public Speaking Allegheny County Teachers' Association Fort Pitt Hotel Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania James Whitcomb Riley Monmouth College Monmouth, Illinois James Whitcomb Riley Rotary Club Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania Everybody's Coo Coo Lakeside Chautauqua Lakeside, Ohio Jesus of Nazareth MY KIND OF A BOY ByELBERT R. MOSES My kind of a boy is the kind of a boy that's honest; The kind of a boy that seeks the right And pursues it with all his might; The kind of a boy that's a living proof That he can neither be bought nor sold; The kind of a boy that holds not aloof When something needs to be told. My kind of a boy is the kind of a boy that's clean; The kind of a boy of the Lindy brand Who flies her straight and knows how to land; The kind of a boy that can show the world That he shoots her square and doesn't bluff; The kind of a boy—when abuse is hurled Has pluck and enough to take the stuff. My kind of a boy is the kind of a boy that's true; The kind of a boy that's a loyal friend— Will stick through to the bitter end; The kind of a boy that wants to enjoy His mother, his home, and his dad; The kind of a boy you'll like to employ— Rings true, is steady—doesn't gad. My kind of a boy is the kind of a boy that will WIN; The kind of a boy that will win a place Right out in front in the biggest race; The kind of a boy that will push his name High up in the ranks of the nations crew. The kind of a boy the YEARS will proclaim Is the kind that's HONEST, CLEAN, and TRUE. Copyright Applied For The Shakespeare Club Mercer, Pennsylvania The Poet and His Song Parson's College Fairfield, Iowa James Whitcomb Riley Wooster College Wooster, Ohio Jesus of Nazareth Teachers' College Greenville, North Carolina James Whitcomb Riley Bellevue Board of Trade Bellevue, Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln National Young Peoples' Society, McCreery's Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Everybody's Coo Coo International Lyceum and Chautauqua Association, Winona Lake, Indiana James Whitcomb Riley Homewood Presbyterian Church, Homewood, Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln WESTERN ILLINOIS STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE MACOMB, ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH April 4, 1926. DEAR MR. MOSES: I wish to tell you how much the students enjoyed your visit to Macomb. I have heard a multitude of comments, all enthusiastic, about your Riley Program. My American Literature classes made a real lesson discussion of it the following day. I hope we may have you again. IRVING GARWOOD, Ph. D.
|Title||Elbert R. Moses: interpreter|
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|Personal Name Subject||Moses, Elbert R.|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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