Riss To Speak About "Fly-Fishing" With Celebrities

April 10, 2007 at 2:40 PM

riss__carter.jpg       Not many people get to turn a hobby into a position where they get to teach celebrities everything they know.

       But, it happened for Lloyd Riss of DuBois, who will present “Fly-Fishing With Celebrities” as the April 26 speaker for the DuBois Area Historical Society.

       The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 30 West Long Ave., DuBois, and is free and open to the public.

       Among the many famous people Riss has fished with or taught to fly-fish include former President Jimmy Carter (in photo at left with Riss and First Lady Rosalynn Carter), writer Ernest Hemingway, baseball Hall of Fame member Ted Williams, boxer Jack Sharkey, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and many other movie starts, athletes and politicians.

       “I was working tieing flies for a department store in Philadelphia while I was attending Temple University and playing football,” said Riss about how he got started. “The company owner liked what I was doing and offered me a position as a sales representative.”

       That opened up a career and a chance to meet famous people. Riss traveled the world as a sales representative using his fly-fishing ability to help him sell.”

       “I met a lot of movie stars when I did a casting exhibition in Los Angeles,” he recalled. “I taught a lot of people how to fly-fish over the years.”

       Riss plans to relate some of those stories and perhaps share a few fly-fishing techniques as part of his presentation.

       Twelve members and guests attended the March meeting of the DuBois Area Historical Society. Jackie Atkins, instructor of English and women’s studies for DuBois Campus of Penn State, presented “Historical Aspects of Women’s Studies.”

       The DuBois Area Historical Society is conducting a “Fun”Draiser Night in conjunction with Pizza Hutt in DuBois on April 30 and May 1 and 2, between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day. Come to hear Riss speak on April 26 and pick up a free “Fun”Draiser Ticket to be turned in with the purchase or contact a DuBois Area Historical Society Executive Board member. Upcoming fund raisers include a Sheetz Fundraising coupon sale in May and a dining fund raiser in conjunction with Hoss’s Steak and Sea House on June 22.

       The 2006-07 DuBois Area Historical Society speakers series will conclude on May 30 when Galen Kilmer, DuBois Area High School local history teacher, will presented the annual “DuBois Area High School Local History Projects.” The program is at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 30 West Long Ave., DuBois, and is free and open to the public. Programs will resume again in the fall.

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