Master Story teller, John Hinkle, told the story of WWI to a large audience at the Altus Public Library on Monday, Aug. 4, on how, why, who and what happened when the nations of the world became engrossed in the first World War starting in 1914.
Hinkle, from Atlanta, Ga., who has 50 years of puppetry experience, and 20 years of storytelling used old photographs depicting key events and figures, and maps showing military movements of armies battling across the European canvas. Hinkle recruited volunteers who read diary entries from soldiers and others caught up in the war, giving a personal account on the harsh realities.
“One hundred years ago this week World War I started,” Hinkle said in an interview following the his hour and twenty minute long story. So, I’ve been studying for 4 years and I’ve finally got my act together and now Ive taken it on the road. It was the most terrible of all wars because, as I said during the story, it was by generals and male egos that played an enormous part in this. Nobody wanted to lose the war so they just kept killing each other.
“Now I’m going to go on the road for 4 years.”
Hinke said that his son, who is in the sign business made him a billboard size map of 1914 Europe to lay out on gymnasium floors and stand on so he can visit schools in the future.
“I want to go to the high schools and let those kids know, and hopefully their parents will come that evening so that they can discuss it among themselves and talk about what war must have been like,” Hinkle said. “I hope to book libraries and schools for the next for years.”