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Yours Truly Hosts Dinner Fit for Presidents
Four-month-old J.J. Fernandez gets a picture for the ages as he poses with
Abraham Lincoln for his mother, Shawn Moran, Sunday during Dinner with the
Presidents at Yours Truly in
Howard Taft was telling embarrassing stories about how he used to get stuck in
the White House bathtub because of his girth.
William Howard Taft, played
by Dale Liikala, explains to Dante Grassi of
Concord Township how he got stuck in the White
House bathtub at Dinner with the Presidents held
Monday at Yours Truly Restaurant.
Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (wife
of Franklin Delano Roosevelt), played by Bob
Hodder and Linda Laronge, talk about their lives
with the Sebring family of Mentor who enjoy
Dinner with the Presidents at Yours Truly
President James A. Garfield,
played by Ed Haney, and First Lady Mrs. Lucretia
Garfield, played by Debbie Weinkamer, share a
few moments with patrons at Yours Truly
Restaurant, which sponsored Dinner with the
President Ulysses S. Grant,
played by Donald Miller, shares moments of
history with Natalie and Norman Brosbst of
Mentor who enjoyed Dinner with the Presidents
Monday at Yours Truly Restaurant
There, in a back corner
table of the
What’s this? Another back-room political deal?
No, it’s Dinner with the Presidents sponsored by Yours Truly Restaurant Monday to celebrate Presidents Day.
Although these presidents --- Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses A. Grant, James A. Garfield, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft --- have been dead for years, they certainly have not forgotten how to work a room. President Garfield was accompanied by his wife, Lucretia Garfield, and Eleanor Roosevelt also was on hand as well, but her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was unable to attend.
“We’ve held dinner with the presidents for four years,” said Shauna Oreh, a Yours Truly manager. “It’s a good community outreach event, and it’s educational as well. Our customers enjoy it.”
presidents and first ladies are played by actors from
“I’m passing through town trying to get more votes for my Bull Moose Party,” joked President Roosevelt, played by Bob Hodder, a Richmond Heights Schools teacher whose favorite method of educating his students is to simulate historical events and characters.
it’s great for the kids to learn about American history,” commented restaurant
patron Norman Brobst of
Elementary school student Stella Sommers of Waite Hill seemed to know a lot of about President Taft.
“I read how you got stuck in the bathtub at the White House,” Elementary School Student Stella Sommers, told President Taft played by Dale Liikala.
President Taft may have had an embarrassing moment, but for Stella’s grandmother, it was a good laugh she’ll always cherish.
For more information about the historical actors, please visit www.wemadehistory.com.
We Made History- a group of living historical re-enactors who are more than impersonators of historical figures-they are serious portrayers of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies
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