Impersonating someone I admire, Charles Darwin

 Years ago when Center For Inquiry Indiana was planning  a  Darwin Day celebration, someone suggested we hire a  Darwin impersonator. Too expensive, we allagreed.

 Perhaps it was a long hidden frustration of not ever doing  any acting that prompted me to give impersonation a try.  Since that successful Darwin Day I’ve done it several  more  times as needed and always felt honored to do it.

 That first Darwin Day featured an apprehensive Darwin, a  three person panel, a  moderator, and a friendly audience of  CFI Indiana members and friends. Darwin made his  appearance from the back of  the  auditorium to standing  applause. Our moderator  introduced Darwin and asked him to comment on a power point presentation about his life, his Beagle voyage, and his work. The large color images and laser pointer obviously amazed the old scientist, but fazed him not. A panel discussion followed. Three panel members questioned the great man about his life. Two panelists were friendly and asked questions about his family, youth, voyage and research. The third panel member was hostile and did his best to embarrass and discredit the old man by asking rude questions, such as exposing Darwin’s admitted dismal grades and cheating as a school boy. “If you were a poor student and cheated in school, why should we believe your theory now?” Darwin handled all the questions thoroughly and with good humor, almost as if he had written the questions and responses himself. It was an entertaining and educational afternoon and CFI Indiana’s first Darwin Day was a great success.


One Response to Impersonating someone I admire, Charles Darwin

  1. Subhan Zein says:

    Hi there,

    To find your blog is a pleasure I have been indulging myself with. I have deep respect for you. Keep penning and keep inspiring, I am sure lots of readers have found your posts equally entertaining and enlightening!
    I have a joyful ride in your blog, and now I’d like to invite you to visit mine. Thank you and have a wonderful day, my friend! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

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