Duffy Hudson Returns as Audie Murphy - August 5

The late Audie Murphy, Dr. Seuss, and Einstein Coming to Libraries

Audie Murphy, the most decorated American combat soldier of World War II, will be brought to life as a special community program at the Hermiston Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 5.  Award-winning Hollywood actor, film maker, and impressionist Duffy Hudson returns to eastern Oregon as part of a regional tour launched by Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO). Hudson’s one-man show featuring the portrayal of Murphy is the first presentation of its kind offered by the library association.

Murphy received every military combat award for valor from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. At the age of 19, Murphy, a Texan, single-handedly held off an entire company of German soldiers for over an hour in France in Jan. 1945, while rescuing his fellow soldiers.  

He later became an actor, making more than 40 feature films, and starred as himself in the 1949 major motion picture adaptation of the book about his life, “To Hell and Back.”

A most engaging, nationally-recognized entertainer who claims “switching characters is no problem,” Hudson will also present his characterizations of Dr. Seuss and Albert Einstein – in full costume – in programs at area libraries as follows: Tues., Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. as Einstein at Ione Public Library; Wed., Aug. 5 at 1:30 p.m. as Dr. Seuss at the Umatilla Public Library; Thurs., Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. as Einstein at the Ukiah Public-School Library; and as Einstein on Thurs., Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Gilliam County Library.

The lively, one-hour programs are free and suitable for children through adults. Imagine Albert Einstein explaining the Theory of Relativity in a fun and exciting way, without any required knowledge of mathematics or physics.  The show covers elements of Einstein’s life and humor, the speed of light, time travel, gravity and space-time, and what is E=MC2 anyway?  This show will excite students and adults alike to look at the mechanics of the universe with new eyes.
Renowned author Dr. Seuss will entertain all ages with a rollicking run-through of his greatest stories and the complexities of being the Cat in the Hat. Each program will last 50 minutes, followed by a question and answer period.
“Having witnessed Mr. Hudson take on the  charactors of Seuss and Einstein, I am eager to see him represent the American Hero, Audie Murphy” said Hermiston Library director Marie Baldo.

For further information, please contact the participating libraries or LEO at leolibraries@gmail.com.  Or in Hermiston please contact Hermiston Public Library director Marie Baldo or Jodi Hansen at 541-567-2882.