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Figure LOUIS J. ALBER Author World Traveler Businessman Louis J. Alber is a scholar with the wisdom and heart qualities which enable him to see deep into the inner consciousness, the spirit, the experiences of great men, as well as into the great movements and world events of our time; and he has the rare ability to translate in vivid language what he has seen.—Dr. Philip Elliott, President, Gardner-Webb Junior College. Address Margaret Cranley Dreier, Secretary 11115 Lake Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio — ACademy 1235 LOUIS J. ALBER PRIMARILY a businessman, Mr. Alber has a flair for telling in absorbing manner about the many famous men and women he has known, as well as point out the lessons in their lives. A student of economics, world affairs, and business problems, he has been a traveler since his sixteenth year, has had contacts with hundreds of the famous men and women of the past thirty-five years, has a combination of information and experience gained the hard way, and (to quote the late Dr. Glenn Frank) is endowed with a mellowed and richened quality of mind and heart known as wisdom. Mr. Alber has studied world affairs since he reached his majority, assisted by the large group of famous world leaders, with whom he has had associations. He was a member of the Executive Committee of The League to Enforce Peace, organized by William Howard Taft in 1915, and served with a most distinguished group of famous Americans for five years. While celebrity-hunting in foreign lands, he has had talks with Prime Ministers, Presidents, Kings, Cabinet Ministers, and leaders in every field of important endeavor. Facts about his career may be found in Who's Who in America; Ida M. Tarbell's All in the Day's Work; Mark Sullivan's The Education of an American; Prince William of Sweden's My Journey to America; and in numerous magazine articles. Lecture Subjects Hitler or the Junkers Blueprint for World Conquest In Rome and Berlin between World Wars, Mr. Alber had a glimpse of a part of the blueprint for world conquest, but did not recognize it for what it was until the Munich affair shocked him into understanding. Sensational and startling in a bold presentation of how this incredible war could have happened in the Century of Civilization, he unerringly points to what will prevent a similar but much worse war in another generation. His meetings and talks with Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hjalmar Schacht, General Hindenburg, Richard von Kuhlmann, and others largely responsible for starting the war are high lights. More than 150 audiences have declared this one of the most important and useful addresses now being heard. The Irresistible Winston Churchill A colorful word-picture of Britain's great war leader by one who has known him for many years and who lived with him for six months under unusual circumstances. Intimate, humorous, dramatic, witty, folksy, and inspiring. Has been heard by more than 500 audiences. The War — And When It Ends A graphic presentation of what will happen when the guns cease firing and Johnnie and Jane come marching home. Can there be a real peace? How will employment be maintained? What confronts business in the postwar era? These and other questions are discussed with common sense, foresightedness, candor, and good humor by a businessman who has done much research and studied our economic system since 1910. Nearly 100 audiences have heard this address. Is World War III in the Making? As a member of the Executive Committee and Chief of Speakers Bureau of The League to Enforce Peace, organized in 1915 by former President William Howard Taft, Mr. Alber has studied the causes of war by discussions with world leaders, by observation in many lands, and by knowing history. An inspiring, informing, and entertaining presentation of the world's number one problem. Light and Wayward Spirits Mr. Alber contends that light and wayward spirts have caused more trouble and grief in the world than the actually vicious, and cites historic and contemporary examples, giving names and dates. In his famous Guildhall speech, Winston Churchill said: Yet there are light and wayward spirits in both our countries who show themselves unmindful of fundamental facts. This talk makes many people angry but Mr. Alber isn't interested in popularity. Great American Humorists Intimate, humorous, witty stories of experiences with Will Rogers, Irvin S. Cobb, and Stephen Leacock with whom Mr. Alber has had close association over many years. Laughing with World Celebrities Mr. Alber tried to secure almost every man and woman of fame who could speak English during the last thirty-five years. In this talk, he tells some of the humorous experiences he has had with some of these great and near-great: William Jennings Bryan, Count Felix von Luckner, Prince William of Sweden, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Bernard Shaw, Woodrow Wilson, and others. From Theodore to Franklin Some of Mr. Alber's experiences with our Presidents beginning with Theodore Roosevelt. Humorous, witty, and inspiring. Exploring the Explorers Experiences with famous explorers and an analysis of what makes them explore; Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Fritjof Nansen, Knud Rasmussen, Sir Hubert Wilkins, Carl Akeley, Roy Chapman Andrews, most of whose lecture tours Mr. Alber managed. Where Did You Get Your Name? How did family names come into use? Why was the first man to bear your family-name so called? Illustrated with an explanation of the origin of famous names: Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Coolidge, Thackeray, Shakespeare, and others. An amusing feature is an explanation of the origin of well-known family names in your city or members of your club. The speaker will reveal the probable origin of his own name, just to start the ball a-rolling. What They Say Brief Extracts From More Than 500 Comments Lowell Thomas: A better speaker than the celebrities he has managed, good as most of them were. Glenn Frank: Makes celebrities come to life before an audience. Superb character word-pictures. Watertown Daily Times (Editorial): Louis J. Alber is all that a lecturer should be. . . . Most important of all is the definiteness of his information and his keen analysis, which makes him an absorbing speaker. Boston Rotary Hub: Billed as Our Banner Speaker of the Year, Louis J. Alber certainly lived up to this promise. The Society of The Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida: Everybody delighted; so human that we all feel we now know Britain's great war leader. Federal Judge John C. Knox, New York City: Gave great delight to the members of the Lawyers Club of New York — informative and entertaining. Dr. Dixon Ryan Fox, President, Union College: Direct first-hand testimony of this sort gives us more than the reading of many books. I was deeply impressed by his word-picture. Dr. Arthur E. Bestor, Chautauqua Institution: I can't remember any lectures at Chautauqua more popular than the six given by Louis J. Alber. George V. Denny, Jr., President, Town Hall, New York City: Our audience was enthusiastic about Mr. Alber's interesting material as well as the manner in which he spoke. William K. Huff, Executive Director, Philadelphia Forum: Including his appearance in our lecture series, I have heard Louis Alber three times on one subject and will go to hear him a fourth time in one of the most fascinating and interesting lectures I have ever heard. Endicott, N. Y., Rotary Club: At the close of the outstanding meeting with our Rotarians, at which Mr. Alber gave his second talk to us in ten months, our directors held brief council and unanimously elected to make his appearances an annual event—as long as he may care to come here. High Point, N. C., Rotary Club: The most profoundly gripping address we have heard. R. F. Poole, President, Clemson College: His two addresses here have been of the highest order and our faculty is making plans for his return. Marshall College, Huntington, W. Va.: We have never had two finer lectures than 'Blueprint for World Conquest,' and 'The Irresistible Winston Churchill,' given by Louis J. Alber. Editor, The Strand Magazine, London, England: In its December, 1942, issue, commenting on the value of the material in Mr. Alber's lecture, a condensed version of which it published: You might suppose that all has been said about Winston Churchill that can be said. Not so, 'Recollections of Winston Churchill's Agent' (Page 22) lifts the curtain on a little known episode in a majestic career. From it emerges a human being shorn of the panoply of political power—a thoroughly human being faced with the ordinary accidents of life. And yet revealing all the qualities that have distinguished him in far more spectacular enterprises. In fact, a highly significant peep behind the scenes. Montreal, Canada, Rotary: Mr. Alber's address gave us an interpretation of Churchill, which adds to our knowledge of him, deepens our affection for him, and strengthens our confidence in him. A powerful address, discerning, many-sided, colourful, and was as much a tribute to the speaker as his words were to Mr. Churchill. London, Ontario, Advertising Club: One of the finest speakers on the American continent. Murray Simmons, Editor, Magazine Digest, Toronto, Ontario: I got so excited, I tore up my hat and coat check and had trouble when the meeting ended. A great word-picture of a great world-figure by a great orator. Harry R. Burke, Book Editor, Saint Louis (Mo.) Globe-Democrat: Alber spoke from the closest intimacies, and only from personal experience and in personal relation—a noisy and sincere ovation greeted him at the end. Dr. Albert Z. Mann, Dean, Springfield College: His two addresses are among the most interesting we have had. Dr. Carl Kallgren, Dean, Cornell University: A brilliant, outstanding, intimate world-picture of one of the world's foremost figures. Dr. R. E. Tulloss, President, Wittenberg College: Mr. Alber's two addresses to the College are among the most noteworthy of the many we have had over the years. We are looking forward to his third. Mrs. Sheldon W. Hughes, Everywoman's Club, Glenside, Penna.: First time our club has returned a speaker immediately the next season; we are planning to repeat again next Autumn.
|Title||Louis J. Alber|
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|Personal Name Subject||Alber, Louis J.|
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