It is my desire to bring Mr. Lincoln to all people, to give them a better understanding of not only the 16th President, but the man, the husband, the father. Lincoln was a man who was described by Carl Sandberg as "being made of velvet and steel". A man filled with compassion and resolve. Despite his lack of a formal education, he rose to take a unique place not only in the history of our nation, but also his effect on the worlds humanity.
The appearances that I have made over the past decade have been rewarding and memorable. The size of the audience makes no difference, so long as they take with them an increased appreciation of this great man. There is no greater reward than to see a look of wonder and anstonishment in a childs eyes upon meeting me or to hear from a student that at my urging that they discovered enjoyment in reading.
Every appearance holds special memories, but there are some that stand out. The day I rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, the day I appeared before the New Jersey Legislature or my annual ride in the Lincoln carriage as part of the Memorial Day parade in Jamesburg N. J. The numerous appearances at the Lehigh Valley Historical Society in Allentown, Pa. or the hundreds, if not thousands of people that I met in my four days in the 150th Bull Run event.