Rule Breakers & Headline Makers


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Ernie Pyle

Brian Kral as Howard Hughes

HOWARD HUGHES (1905-1976)

Howard Robard Hughes Jr. was an American businessman, investor, pilot, film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world. He first made a name for himself as a film producer, and then became an influential figure in the aviation industry. Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle—oddities that were caused in part by a worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and chronic pain from a plane crash.

As a maverick film tycoon, Hughes gained prominence in Hollywood beginning in the late 1920s, when he produced big-budget and often controversial films like The Racket (1928), Hell's Angels (1930), and Scarface (1932). Later he controlled the RKO film studio.

Hughes formed the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932, hiring numerous engineers and designers. He spent the rest of the 1930s setting multiple world air speed records and building the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 Hercules (the Spruce Goose). He acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines and later acquired Air West, renaming it Hughes Airwest. Hughes was included in Flying Magazine's list of the 51 Heroes of Aviation, ranked at No. 25. Today, his legacy is maintained through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Howard Hughes performance at 1:30 p.m.
on September 16, 2017

Ernie Pyle

Doug A. Mishler as Ernie Pyle

ERNIE PYLE (1900-1945)

Ernest Taylor Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize–winning American journalist. As a roving correspondent for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain, he earned wide acclaim for his accounts of ordinary people in rural America, and later, of ordinary American soldiers during World War II. His syndicated column ran in more than 300 newspapers nationwide.

From 1935 through 1941 he traveled throughout the United States, writing about rural towns and their inhabitants. After the U.S. entered World War II, he lent the same distinctive, folksy style to his wartime reports, first from the home front, and later from the European and Pacific theatres. He was killed by enemy fire on Iejima during the Battle of Okinawa.

At the time of his death he was among the best-known American war correspondents. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for his spare, poignant accounts of "dogface" infantry soldiers from a first-person perspective. "No man in this war has so well told the story of the American fighting man as American fighting men wanted it told", wrote Harry Truman. "He deserves the gratitude of all his countrymen."

Ernie Pyle performance at 6:30 p.m.
on September 16, 2017

About Chautauqua Scholar BRIAN KRAL

Brian Kral is a long-time Las Vegas-based director, playwright, and theatre educator who recently relocated to Colorado. He is the author of more than twenty plays, many of which premiered at the Rainbow Company, and his scripts have appeared in the anthologies West Coast Plays and Lucky 13, as well as Dramatics Magazine. He is currently working on a biographical work about 1940’s horror film stars. Kral is also a Chautauqua performer familiar to audiences throughout Nevada, not least those who attend the annual Nevada Humanities Chautauqua in Reno. He has presented such diverse historical figures as Captain Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, American playwright Eugene O’Neill, Yugoslavian dictator Marshal Tito, and the venerable Buffalo Bill Cody.

About Chautauqua Scholar DOUG A. MISHLER

Over the last twenty years Doug has become nationally recognized for bringing "history to life." In addition to Ernie Pyle, Doug has presented characters from his recent shows as Jack Warner & D. W. Griffith, to his first character P. T. Barnum, before literally thousands of Americans in hundreds of first person presentations. His roster of characters includes those above as well as Theodore Roosevelt, General Stonewall Jackson and 14 other historical figures. The voices in his head keep him busy but when he is not on the road he is either directing or acting in plays or teaching American history at the University of Nevada Reno. Like his idol T. R., Doug believes there is still plenty of time to grow up and get a "real job" — but later!

Charlie Shaffer

About Pianist: CHARLIE SHAFFER - Charlie and his wife are long-time residents of Boulder City. But Charlie was born in Texas and grew up in a family of music lovers. He studied classical and popular music privately from the age of five. He relocated to Las Vegas as an adult and thus began a tremendous performance career, including 12 years at the Desert Inn. He wrote orchestral arrangements for several TV shows including Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin, and also the large Houston Symphony Pops Orchestra. In short, Charlie can do it all, performing live or arranging and writing music, and producing his own CD’s. For more information check his website: