Few individuals can bring history to life, but Richard Marold has mastered the art of historic portrayals, designed to educate as well as entertain.
While others contemplate retirement, he keeps a busy booking schedule, appearing as gold mining magnate Winfield Scott Stratton or as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He has been asked to consider adding a Nicola Tesla presentation.
Marold recently took time to tell the CSBJ about himself and his work:
Organization: As a sole proprietor, I am a public speaker and writer.
Position: My primary work consists of the historical portrayals of Winfield Scott Stratton and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
I am also editor of “Cheyenne Mountain Kiva,” the journal of the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center.
Hometown: Colorado Springs
How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: I was born and raised here and, apart from college and a few years of wandering, I have lived most of my life here.
Education: I have a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a master’s degree in humanities from Penn State University.
A few words about your company/organization: My work includes reading, research and conducting the historical portrayals for client companies, organizations and individuals.
As editor of “Kiva” I periodically meet with writers who submit articles and with the director of the Heritage Center which publishes the journal.
Recent accomplishments: I wrote and published a book about Winfield Scott Stratton titled “Reluctant Millionaire.”
During 2008, I portrayed FDR 36 times. I spoke at the New Mexico State Capitol. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the granddaughter of FDR, was in attendance.
During June, I conducted five programs as FDR in South Carolina along with men who portrayed George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The three presidents enjoyed finally meeting one another.
Biggest career break/accomplishment: The push by several people, particularly national presenter Clay Jenkinson, for me to portray a person with a national reputation, which led to me taking on the character of FDR.
The toughest part of your job: Managing my time each day in order to do this work, which I enjoy.
Someone you admire: Arthur Miller. I consider him a superb writer with a keen understanding of American society — our modern Shakespeare.
About your family: Two daughters, Kristin and Karen; my better half is Terry Lynn Fabian — artist, companion, humorist and encourager.
Something else you’d like to accomplish: Two wild dreams: I’d like arrange a workshop for City Council on the vision Gen. William Palmer and Winfield Scott Stratton had for Colorado Springs because I think we have drifted away from their hopes for this city; I’d also like to portray FDR at the White House.
How your business will change in the next decade: Given the rapidity of change in our society, I need to constantly adapt, to find creative and imaginative new ways to convey an understanding of both local and national history.
What book are you currently reading? “Traitor to His Class” (about FDR) by H.W. Brands; “Contested Plains” by Elliott West; and “South of Broad” by Pat Conroy.
What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? Reintroduce passenger rail travel between Colorado Springs and Denver as a start.
During 1900, with a population of about 20,000, there were 54 passenger trains per day coming into and leaving Colorado Springs.