Mrs. Moore and I spend our time between THE WILD WEST and the WILD STREETS OF LONDON. I have been involved in the ARTS in many of its forms in both cities for a very long time. Last night, I was given the award for ART ADVOCACY by Ogden, Utah Mayor Matthew Godfrey, in a western American City where there is amazing history: dams, railroads. Golden Spike, famous ski resorts, wonderful art centers, famous world-class artists, the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, several universities, film festivals, rodeo and 24th of July celebrations, biking and hiking trails, first chairman of the Federal Reserve Board – Marriner S. Eccles, builders of the Hoover Dam and almost all the railroads of the West – E.O. and W.H. Wattis, Special Collection libraries, The Union Station – The Driving of the Golden Spike, two Historic Districts: The Eccles Historic District and the Jefferson Historic District, islands for wildlife preservation, great emphasis on historic preservation, drama and literary societies, The Egyptian Theater and the Sundance Film Festival, on and on. This community of Ogden, Utah, is one of the most unique cities in the country. We have made our principal home here as well as our mountain ski home because it has been perfect for raising our children and a growing number of grandchildren. I have spent my life enjoying the rich cultural life which we never expected to find here–it was a serendipity. Last evening, at the Union Station Grand Lobby, I was given this award, and I am humble and daunted by such a recognition. Funny, I am like a split personality: HALF LONDON and HALF A WESTERN BOY. It is an amazing experience to spend your life doing what you love to do and then to be recognized by your peers. I am very humble and grateful for all this. Thank you so much – THANK YOU to so many friends on both side of the Pond. Goodness me!
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918