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Actor presents naturalist

Monday, February 20, 2006

Sam Carman, of Brownsburg, Ind., and the education director for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, poses as celebrated Indiana naturalist Charles Deam to speak at last week's 55th Annual Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District dinner at the fairgrounds.

Carman has played Deam, named Indiana's first state forester in 1909, at a number of similar functions across the state since 2001. Just don't compliment him on his Deam "impression"-- Carman considers his act a "first-person interpretation." He's done his homework, studying archives of Deam's writings housed at Indiana University and poring over his diaries in an effort to sharpen his act.

"I felt like I got to know the man very personally," he said, adding that, with just a few exceptions, all the dialogue in his performance is culled from Deam's own writings. "Everything in there were his words, things he either wrote or said in speeches."

Carman originally developed the act in 2001 to commemorate the Indiana DNR's centennial.

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