Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hi, I'm Ernie Pyle, August 11th at 6:30 PM

On Tuesday, August 11th at 6:30 PM, the Lane Memorial Library will present Hi, I'm Ernie Pyle, a one-man play by Gary Morrison.

At the time of his death on April 18, 1945, Ernie Pyle was the most widely read of all correspondents covering World War II. That is because Pyle wrote about the war from the soldier's perspective; outside, on the ground, and in the trenches alongside with them.

His columns appeared in over 380 daily and weekly newspapers, and in the Stars and Stripes, the serviceman's newspaper. Whenever Pyle came across a group of soldiers, he always introduced himself by saying: "Hi, I'm Ernie Pyle." That's how a lot of soldiers and sailors first met, in their words, "the little guy" you could really get close to. People back home eagerly awaited news from the battle zone as reported by Pyle because they knew they were getting the unvarnished truth about what it was like on the front.

In his one-man play, Hi, I'm Ernie Pyle, Gary Morrison takes Pyle's most hard hitting, poignant, relevant, and comical dispatches and presents them in a way Pyle would have if he were alive today; up close and personal.

Hi, I'm Ernie Pyle, is presented free of charge to the public, and is underwritten by a generous gift from the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library. Please contact Darrell Eifert, Head of Adult Services at (603) 926-3368 or deifert(at)hampton.lib.nh.us for more information.


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