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(STLToday)   Hannibal, MO government upset that a Mark Twain impersonator isn't factual: "The boombox, for example, is outlandish. There's no basis for that in Mark Twain."   (stltoday.com) divider line 48
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2010-04-19 12:24:16 AM  
I wish Mark Twain were around today. He would love the teabaggers.
 
2010-04-19 01:01:10 AM  
Sounds like a fun guy.

I've been to Hannibal a few times, since it's not that far from St. Louis, but not in the last decade. Heck, as I get older, travel and vacations are more and more rare.
 
2010-04-19 01:03:25 AM  
Mentat: I wish Mark Twain were around today. He would love the teabaggers.

In the same way Jon Stewart loved the Bush Administration?
 
2010-04-19 02:26:56 AM  
peterjsullivan.files.wordpress.com
Approves.
 
2010-04-19 02:33:41 AM  
Sounds like the debate is cleaving the town in twain.
 
2010-04-19 02:34:20 AM  
I guess these MOs don't know that Twain lost a good chuck of his fortune developing a primitive form of the boombox. Getting the midget minstrels hidden inside to keep from farting between songs proved an insurmountable technical challenge.
 
2010-04-19 02:35:57 AM  
His Twain can even pull off a cartwheel.shiat, the guy is 70 and doing cartwheels. I don't care if you agree or disagree with his Twain impressions, that's damn impressive.
 
2010-04-19 02:36:05 AM  
So I grabbed my boombox
And hit the turbo bass
And what happened next
Was a total disgrace
 
2010-04-19 02:38:19 AM  
GO CHIEFS!!!
 
2010-04-19 02:39:17 AM  
He's only got a white belt in dickjitsu.
 
2010-04-19 02:41:15 AM  
Candygram for Mongo: FTA: His Twain can even pull off a cartwheel.
Shiat, the guy is 70 and doing cartwheels. I don't care if you agree or disagree with his Twain impressions, that's damn impressive.

Gotta learn to use preview. Some mod wanna be nice a delete my previous post?
 
2010-04-19 02:42:01 AM  
George Scott as Mark Twain
i488.photobucket.com
 
2010-04-19 02:47:40 AM  
i80.photobucket.com

"NO,that is incidental!"
 
2010-04-19 02:56:15 AM  
"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."- Mark Twain
 
2010-04-19 02:56:38 AM  
images3.wikia.nocookie.net

I suspect that even time travelers are vulnerable to the sound of the Sugarhill Gang on full blast.
 
2010-04-19 03:02:02 AM  
portlandwinterhawks.files.wordpress.com
"I don't care what Jim says, that is not the real Mark Twain. It might be that blind mute woman, Anne Frank."
 
2010-04-19 03:03:42 AM  
grinding_journalist: Sounds like the debate is cleaving the town in twain.

well you know what they say about samuel clemens' days of measuring river depths was his brother...

It takes two to twain
 
2010-04-19 03:08:08 AM  
As someone from Missouri, I know how seriously people in Hannibal take Mark Twain. It's pretty much a borderline obsession with him and the tourism that he generates is the lifeblood of the town.
 
2010-04-19 03:11:00 AM  
"Yeah, George, hit it!" shouts his opponent.

A Farker?
 
2010-04-19 03:20:19 AM  
New life goal.
 
2010-04-19 03:23:08 AM  
logruszed: "I don't care what Jim says, that is not the real Mark Twain. It might be that blind mute woman, Anne Frank."

Dude, that was Barbara Stanwyck

/I never get tired of this.
 
2010-04-19 03:30:54 AM  
www.lataco.com

authorities say that the fake pope Mark Twain can recognized by his high top sneakers and incredibly foul mouth.
 
2010-04-19 04:38:03 AM  
z.about.com
 
2010-04-19 05:24:33 AM  
That was the most insane article I've ever read. I mean ... golly.
 
2010-04-19 05:29:17 AM  
But was he wearing fingerless gloves?
 
2010-04-19 05:55:18 AM  
cYn21
But was he wearing fingerless gloves?


only the best
 
2010-04-19 07:09:25 AM  
graphics8.nytimes.com

Accept no imitations!

/As someone who has made no secret of his admiration for Mark Twain, I think the real Mark Twain would not have a problem with George Scott's version, as long as Scott paid his Mark Twain image royalties.
 
2010-04-19 07:57:28 AM  
Since when does Hannibal get a say? Wake me when Carson City, Hartford, Elmira, NYC, and all the other cities he lived in have checked in about it.
 
2010-04-19 08:08:06 AM  
Mrtraveler01: As someone from Missouri, I know how seriously people in Hannibal take Mark Twain. It's pretty much a borderline obsession with him and the tourism that he generates is the lifeblood of the town.

I used to live in Hannibal as a kid... yeah, they take that stuff pretty seriously.
 
2010-04-19 08:09:10 AM  
"...Twain establishment, the people who carefully cultivated this town's substantial investment in a humorist considered the father of American literature. They prefer a serious, reverent Twain."

People unclear on the concept.
 
2010-04-19 08:10:39 AM  
PsychoTherapist: Since when does Hannibal get a say? Wake me when Carson City, Hartford, Elmira, NYC, and all the other cities he lived in have checked in about it.

Elmira NY boy here... We just had Hal Holbrook visit for his evening with Mark Twain. We take him pretty seriously here as well. We have Mark Twain State Park and Mark Twain Golf Course. (not the same place. Quarry Farm and the Mark Twain Study(at Elmira College) are big tourist destinations during the Finger Lakes wine tour season.
 
2010-04-19 08:12:29 AM  
Lanny Budd: "...Twain establishment, the people who carefully cultivated this town's substantial investment in a humorist considered the father of American literature. They prefer a serious, reverent Twain."

People unclear on the concept.


I thought that was dry wit.
 
2010-04-19 08:16:42 AM  
This space intentionaly left blank: PsychoTherapist: Since when does Hannibal get a say? Wake me when Carson City, Hartford, Elmira, NYC, and all the other cities he lived in have checked in about it.

Elmira NY boy here... We just had Hal Holbrook visit for his evening with Mark Twain. We take him pretty seriously here as well. We have Mark Twain State Park and Mark Twain Golf Course. (not the same place0. Quarry Farm and the Mark Twain Study(at Elmira College) are big tourist destinations during the Finger Lakes wine tour season.


Oh, and Langdon House was bulldozed some years ago... to make way for a strip mall.
 
2010-04-19 08:16:53 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2010-04-19 08:26:38 AM  
Check out Twain's
"The War Prayer".
Dude is still relevant today.
 
2010-04-19 08:29:47 AM  
This space intentionaly left blank: This space intentionaly left blank: PsychoTherapist: Since when does Hannibal get a say? Wake me when Carson City, Hartford, Elmira, NYC, and all the other cities he lived in have checked in about it.

Elmira NY boy here... We just had Hal Holbrook visit for his evening with Mark Twain. We take him pretty seriously here as well. We have Mark Twain State Park and Mark Twain Golf Course. (not the same place0. Quarry Farm and the Mark Twain Study(at Elmira College) are big tourist destinations during the Finger Lakes wine tour season.

Oh, and Langdon House was bulldozed some years ago... to make way for a strip mall.


And if anyone cares, Samuel L. Clemens is buried in Woodlawn National Cemetery right here in Elmira.
 
2010-04-19 09:16:59 AM  
One of the English teachers at my high school used to dress up as Mark Twain once a year. She looked OK, but didn't do the voice very well.
 
2010-04-19 09:37:23 AM  
What does Col. Potter think?
 
2010-04-19 09:45:19 AM  
This space intentionaly left blank: This space intentionaly left blank: This space intentionaly left blank: PsychoTherapist: Since when does Hannibal get a say? Wake me when Carson City, Hartford, Elmira, NYC, and all the other cities he lived in have checked in about it.

Elmira NY boy here... We just had Hal Holbrook visit for his evening with Mark Twain. We take him pretty seriously here as well. We have Mark Twain State Park and Mark Twain Golf Course. (not the same place0. Quarry Farm and the Mark Twain Study(at Elmira College) are big tourist destinations during the Finger Lakes wine tour season.

Oh, and Langdon House was bulldozed some years ago... to make way for a strip mall.

And if anyone cares, Samuel L. Clemens is buried in Woodlawn National Cemetery right here in Elmira.


I thought Woodlawn is in The Bronx at the arse end of the 4?

/huh huh huh, "wood"
 
2010-04-19 10:10:45 AM  
booger42: What does Col. Potter think?

"That Clemens fella better keep his hands off Mildred."
 
2010-04-19 10:18:15 AM  
I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: booger42: What does Col. Potter think?

"That Clemens fella better keep his hands off Mildred."


Bedford Falls = Seneca Falls NY

So why they were going "up to Elmira" to visit family is beyond me... Elmira is south of Seneca Falls.
 
2010-04-19 10:44:56 AM  
ThreeEdgedSword: logruszed: "I don't care what Jim says, that is not the real Mark Twain. It might be that blind mute woman, Anne Frank."

Dude, that was Barbara Stanwyck

/I never get tired of this.


Barbara Stanwyck and I used to take the trolley.
 
2010-04-19 12:02:07 PM  
Yeah, I get it, let the guy do his thing. But panhandling outside the museum? Heckling historians? Jumping on trolleys going past to rant about the city?

That's not Mark Twain, that's just crazy guy on the streets.
 
2010-04-19 12:44:29 PM  
This space intentionaly left blank: Elmira NY boy here... We just had Hal Holbrook visit for his evening with Mark Twain. We take him pretty seriously here as well. We have Mark Twain State Park and Mark Twain Golf Course. (not the same place. Quarry Farm and the Mark Twain Study(at Elmira College) are big tourist destinations during the Finger Lakes wine tour season.

I think they had to have an emergency fundraiser in Hartford to keep the Twain House open... unfortunately, since it is in Hartford, it is by default in a sketchy area that people don't want to visit.
 
2010-04-19 12:46:13 PM  
walrusonion 2010-04-19 02:56:15 AM

"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."- Mark Twain




Or as my pappy used to say, "The less apt a man is to make declaritive statements, the less likely he will look foolish in retrospect."
 
2010-04-19 01:41:58 PM  
ThreeEdgedSword: logruszed: "I don't care what Jim says, that is not the real Mark Twain. It might be that blind mute woman, Anne Frank."

Dude, that was Barbara Stanwyck

/I never get tired of this.


No, you're thinking Barbarella. She's that chick in all those 80's Duran Duran videos.
 
2010-04-19 02:31:13 PM  
booger42: What does Col. Potter think?

Henry Morgan played a General (Brigadier, I think) in his first appearance on MASH when he referenced Hannibal being a "darkie". He returned as Col. Potter.
 
2010-04-19 04:50:07 PM  
A better fake-ass Mark Twain:

www.marktwainmuseum.org

He's still at it and my brother saw him in college a few years ago. Hal Holbrook, like Max Von Sydow, has been playing an old guy for nearly 40 years.
 
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