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Clark, Terry
Living History Performer (View Portfolio)
Columbus, IN 47203
I perform a Living History act as Buffalo Bill Cody, the famous bull whacker, pony express rider, buffalo hunter, scout, actor and showman, telling stories from his life and singing songs from his era. I perform in costume as the man himself and combine historic stories of the men and women Cody knew in life with the songs he would have known and loved, including "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground", his personal favorite. I tell the stories Hollywood never told. During my show I tell of the near extenction of the buffalo, caused by commercial hide hunters, filling an insatiable need for bison hide flat leather drive belts in the newly building factories of the Industrial Revolution in the eastern U.S. and Europe. I explain how the largest kills took place after Cody had stopped hunting in 1868 to build a career as both scout and actor. I tell the story of the Pony Express, and the part played by the feared overseer of the Overland Stage and Pony Express, Jack Slade, mentioned by Mark Twain in "Rouging It" as "at once the most bloody, dangerous and valuable men in thos mountain fastnesses.", dangerous because of a notorious temper, but valuable for his ability to supervise the tough group of stage drivers, shotgun riders, and Pony Express riders who worked for the company begun by Russell, Majors and Waddell. I bring the Wild West to Iindiana, in the same way Buffalo Bill Cody did when he brought his famous troupe to the state at the end of the 19th Century, by bringing the sights, sounds and stories to life. Many who have seen my show across the country have told me that they are able, for the duration of my show, to put themselves back, listening to William F. Cody himself, the famous story teller and raconteur, and believe they are listening to the man himself. I am also a graphic artist and craftsman, producing the posters for the Harlequin Theatre in Columbus, IN and creating CD Covers for local bands. I am also a craftsman, producing custom leather work and creating jewelry in silver, gold and precious and semi-precious stones and woods.
I am the retired IT Director for The Republic in Columbus, The Daily Journal in Franklin, The Brown County Democrat in Nashville and the HNE Printing Center at Walesboro, Indiana. I began my career as a graphic designer for the newspaper, but my exceptional knowledge of computers and desktop publiishing led to my quick promotion. In that capacity, I lead the newspaper, and later the enterprise, in the process of paginating the newspaper digitally, to allow for the creation of the printing center that could print all three newspapers (and a fourth since my retirement) in a single printing center. I have continued by graphic design work since retirement. I have also been involved in Community Theater in Columbus, acting in "Arsenic and Old Lace" as Teddy Brewster, in "The Man With Bogart's Face" as Jim the Sound Man, creating advertising artwork for the Crump Players, The Riverside Players and The Harlequin Players productions. I am also the official scenic painter for the Harlequin Theatre, production landscape sets for "Almost Maine", painted trompe l'oeil sets for "Flirting With The Deep End" as well as performing my own two-hour one-man show "Legend of Buffalo Bill" at the Harlequin Theatre. Last August a huge dream of mine came true when I performed my one-hour show, Buffalo Bill in Song on the veranda of the Irma Hotel in Cody, Wyoming, the hotel William F. Cody built at the town he developed at the eastern entrance to Yellowstone National Park. I spent that night sleeping in the Buffalo Bill Suite, in the room and bed once used by the man himself. Last year I also performed for West Fest at the Eiteljorg Museum, and this year I was able to do a show for the Boy Scouts at Camp Maumee, telling stories of the famous American scout, Frederick Russell Burnham, who inspired Lord Robert Baden-Powell to develop the Boy Scout movement internationally. My future plans include Fringe Festivals in America and maybe one day the big one in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Services Offered
  • Assisting in Planning Arts Events
  • Education presentations to schools, community organizations
  • Performances
  • Speaking About My Work Before a Group
  • Other
    I would love to work with other performers to produce a Wild West style variety show, I would serve as Buffalo Bill, the master of ceremonies, ringmaster, raconteur and presenter of the other performers.
Please contact me by e-mail at for my availability.
I charge $500 for my one-man, one-hour show "Buffalo Bill in Song" anywhere in Indiana. That includes bringing my own piano, sets and props, one-hour to set up and teardown. Outside of Indiana, I charge travel expenses. I charge $1000 for my two-hour show, "The Legend of Buffalo Bill" anywhere in Indiana, as above, but twice the stories and song.
In this photo I am performing my show on the veranda of the Irma Hotel in Cody, Wyoming. That night my wife and I slept in the Buffalo Bill Suite, in the bed used by the man himself when he stayed at the hotel he built in the town he helped develop at the eastern entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
In this photo I perform The Legend of Buffalo Bill, my two-hour, one-man show as Buffalo Bill Cody, the famous hunter, scout and showman, telling stories from the life of the great man and singing songs from his era. The stories Hollywood never told. This performance was at the Harlequin Theatre in Columbus, Indiana.
In this photo I perform The Legend of Buffalo Bill, my one-hour, one-man show as Buffalo Bill Cody, at Cook's Bison Ranch in Wolcottville, Indiana for their annual Calf Festival, a great event and great food, as well as entertainment.
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