Living History Nights: Woody Hayes

Step into the past with Living History Nights presented by the Gallipolis Chautauqua Committee. Each night a scholar will assume the role of a notable historical Ohioan and perform a monologue based on the life of that individual. Followed by an audience Q & A and then a meet & greet with the scholar. Performances are suitable for students and adults.

Music is performed by local musicians at 6:15 PM and performance begins at 7:00 PM.
FREE ADMISSION
Woody Hayes is the second night of Living History Nights.
About Woody Hayes: Affectionately known as “Woody Hayes” by legions of Ohio State University football fans worldwide, Woody is arguably the most popular sports figure in all of Ohio’s storied sports history. Raised in rural Ohio, he learned to love athletic contests for the leadership and tenacity that it developed in young men. He particularly loved football for the teamwork and leadership skills it developed. As he went to college and played football at Denison, he became a devout student of history and strategic thinking. He studied many of the great strategists in the world, and learned at an early age that men needed to be given a direction, and guided to develop a strong work ethic in order to become great Americans. While at The Ohio State University, pacing OSU’s sidelines as head coach from 1951 to 1978 he won five national championships, captured 13 Big Ten Conference Championships, and amassed a record of 205 wins, 61 losses, and 10 ties. Hayes built a reputation for demanding uncompromising loyalty in the pursuit of victory. He described his philosophy of football as a “crushing, frontal assault of muscle against muscle, bone upon bone, will against will”. As a history professor, he frequently invoked many of the great war strategists to teach his students and players what it took to win on the field, and in life. Many who worked and studied under Woody revere him as the most defining mentor in their lives.
About the scholar: Jim Stoner has spent a lifetime on stage, and ten years ago he began creating a portfolio of living history characters as a regular performer at Mount Vernon, Ohio’s bi-monthly Chautauqua Series at the Grand Hotel. Jim has portrayed a variety of history’s most unique personalities including, but not limited to Edgar Allen Poe, Will Rogers, Woody Hayes, Robin Williams, and this year Neil Armstrong and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans with his real-life wife Amy K. Stoner. Jim’s performances result in frequent appearances at schools, churches, and events across the Midwest. Jim researches each character and designs his own presentation and enjoys “bringing each one to life”. He is a graduate of Benjamin Logan H.S. and The Ohio State University. He is a career sales and marketing professional, and a playwright/screenwriter. He is most notable for having written “The Black Cyclone”. Jim has presented as “The Coach” eight times and truly attempts to capture the essence of Wayne Woodrow Hayes in his formative years, experiences in life, WWII, clear through his iconic career at The Ohio State University.

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