Dr. John "Chuck" Chalberg



Dr. John "Chuck" Chalberg delights many audiences throughout the United States with his historical impersonations of American and British characters, such as President Theodore Roosevelt and G.K. Chesterton. 

His characterizations of Theodore Roosevelt and H.L. Mencken began as an extension of his teaching of American History at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN.  In recent years he has added G.K. Chesterton, George Orwell, Branch Rickey, and most recently Bobby Jones, while reviving a past character, Huey Long.  Last summer, he also revived his characterization of Patrick Henry for a  chautauqua in AK. 

Chuck is attempting to bring to life several significant figures of the past.  He has performed for state chautauquas all over the country, as well as for many colleges and business groups.  We ask you to contribute your questions and thoughts on our characters' discussion forums.  Speaking of questions, all of his characters (except Chesterton) take unrehearsed questions from their audiences.

Credits and Plaudits :

H.L. Mencken -  Most recently, Chuck performed as H.L. Mencken for the MD Humanities Council and MD Public Radio at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  He was part of a panel with Zelda Fitzgerald, Edgar Allan Poe, and Thurgood Marshall.

G.K. Chesterton -  Upon seeing Chesterton, Dr. Michael Jordan, an English professor at Hillsdale College, claimed that "Chalberg's speech, his gestures, his dress, and his comments [are] true to form.  My response to the presentation was the same as the rest of the audience: we gave him a standing ovation."

Branch Rickey -  In addition to many college appearances, he has performed for the staff of The Sporting News in St. Louis.  Managing editor Bob Hille called it "a first rate performance that would be a joy for any baseball fan to witness."   


Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
G. K. Chesterton journeys all the way from England to offer his own unique views on everything from the virtues of things small, whether they be families or pubs, to the evils of things large, whether they be imperialist schemes or socialist states. A man of paradox and humor, he will surprise you, confound you, and provoke you.


George Orwell (1903-1950)
George Orwell, like Chesterton, was a novelist and an essayist. He is best known as the author of 1984 and Animal Farm. The show is set in 1946 as Orwell contemplates his (at that point) less than thriving career. He also contemplates the issues that led him to write the books that would soon make him famous. The heart of the show concerns his life between the mid-1920s and the end of World War II.


Henry Louis Mencken (1880 - 1956)
H.L. Mencken is willing to expound on his curmudgeonly perspective on the folly of life in America, whether that means the foolishness of his fellow writers or the foibles of his fellow man. Topics at his command include politics and religion, women and marriage, music & literature. If you're in need of a good laugh and shrewd insights into America and Americans, this American original will supply plenty of both.


Teddy Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)
Teddy Roosevelt is ready to relive his colorful careers as Rough Rider, President , outdoorsman, historian, progressive reformer, Big Navy Champion, and Father of Alice, among oh so many others.
Bully!! Hear the former president "charge" into any number of topics much as he charged up San Juan Hill better than a century ago.


Bobby Jones (1902 - 1971)
This show focuses on the early portion of his career and features not just Chalberg as the senior Jones (from the vantage point of retirement) but two of his sons. Stephen plays the young Jones and Michael plays a fascinating Jones pal and genuine character with the improbably, but somehow fitting name of Watts Gunn.


Branch Rickey (1881 - 1965)
Branch Rickey may no longer be a household name, but he changed the face of America. Come hear him expound on any number of baseball and non-baseball topics, most importantly, his decision to sign Jackie Robinson to a Brooklyn Dodger contract.



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