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‘FDR’ returns to Bonneville


Contributed: Rodger Nichols, Haystack Broadcasting

FDR SPEAKS: Gary Stamm, an FDR impersonator, speaks as Franklin Roosevelt.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt returned to Bonneville Dam Saturday to recite the historic speech he gave 75 years ago to dedicate the facility on the Columbia River.

Played by Gary Stamm, an actor known as Roosevelt’s foremost impersonator, President Roosevelt delivered his address to hundreds of flag-waving Northwesterners at the Bradford Island Visitor Center at Bonneville Dam. FDR, accompanied by his dog Fala, arrived in a motorcade of more than 20 vintage automobiles from the 1930s.

The Sept. 15 event marked the 75th anniversary of the completion of the dam as well as the founding of the Bonneville Power Administration.

President Roosevelt was followed on the podium by U.S. Repr...

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