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REVEALING ROOSEVELT'S CHARACTER: ‘Teddy’portrayed at annual meeting

March 21, 2012

Gib Young, a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, speaks of Roosevelt’s presidency at the Whitley County Historical Society’s annual meeting. — Post & Mail photo / Brianne Eichman

COLUMBIA CITY — An informative presentation of Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency entertained those present at the Whitley County Historical Society’s annual meeting, as Gib Young portrayed the 26th President of the United States. The event was held Monday at The Brownstone, located at 105 S. State St. in South Whitley.
Young walked around the room full of people, introducing himself as Theodore Roosevelt before sitting down to a meal. Afterward, he impersonated Roosevelt, speaking about the presidency for nearly 40 minutes.
Young, who attended the meeting last year, spoke about the Roosevelts and the White House years at the meeting, and he said this year’s presentation was meant to be a more informative.
Pamela Thompson, a Whitley County Historical Society volunteer, said it does not take more than 30 seconds to believe Young is Roosevelt.
“He is just extremely good in presenting Teddy Roosevelt,” said Pamela Thompson. “You just think it’s him.”
While Young is originally from Lafayette, he has traveled far and wide for the past eight years to bring Roosevelt’s stories to life.
“I hope for many years to come there will still be people interested in Theodore Roosevelt, but I’m not going to do this when I can look in the mirrow and say, this isn’t Theodore Roosevelt.”

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