I just returned from a week in Ireland for my “real job”. While there, I took a few days to tour the Dublin area and see the sights. Two events lead to discussions about Teddy Roosevelt – even though I never told them about my work back in America as the great man.
The first came when I was touring a castle north of Dublin and as we toured we entered a child’s bedroom with a stuffed bear on a chair. I asked her what they call that kind of bear in Ireland and she just looked at me sort of perplexed. “You mean the Teddy Bear?” she pondered. I asked her if she knew who the bear was named after and she said “I am not sure of how to pronounce it – but Roooooooooooosavelt”?
The second came at the famous Stag Head Pub in Dublin. I was speaking with the Gentleman behind the bar about a place with a similar name back in the states. (the Buckhorn exchange in Denver). I mentioned The Buckhorn hosted both Buffalo Bill and Roosevelt frequently because the owner was a hunting guide. When I told him this, he started speaking of Roosevelt and his accomplishments. We had a lively discussion about history, Roosevelt and hunting general.
I never once mentioned my connection to representing the man, only listened and fixed facts when needed.
It reinforced to me the impact Roosevelt made during his life and of course in the history books. His accomplishments truly reach across the globe.