Natrona County Republican Party
“The Most Interesting Man in the World” - - a catch phrase popularized by an advertisement. We are fortunate to have the real thing living right here in Casper, Wyoming. On August 3, 2013, the Natrona County Republican Party will be honoring the Man with a birthday dinner themed “Around the Wold in 97 Years – a tribute to John Wold.”
John S. Wold is a Wyoming icon. Born in 1916, he was a scholar and earned degrees at both Union College as well as Cornell University. During WW II he volunteered for service on a destroyer escort in the North Atlantic with the United States Navy. After the war, he went to work in the oil business on the gulf coast and later the Rocky Mountain regions. In 1950, John started his own company and thus began a highly successful career as an independent oil man – a career that has spanned the globe. With boundless energy and curiosity, he also ventured into coal exploration with giant companies such as Peabody Coal. John later started Wold Nuclear and participated in the development of the largest uranium solution mine in the world. Still not content, John was the driving force behind the exploration and development of the second largest talc mine in North America, trona production in SE Wyoming, a large coal gasification program, natural gas production and a working cattle ranch.
During his spare time, John married his lovely wife Jane in 1946, they raised two boys, Peter and Jack (who now run the business), one daughter Priscilla and have eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. John served in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1957 to 1959 and was the state's Republican chairman from 1960 to 1964. John concentrated on strengthening the Republican Party and in 1968 he successfully ran for and was elected to the United States Congress. John was the first professional geologist ever to serve in U.S. Congress and he was the author and sponsor of the National Mining and Minerals Policy Act of 1970, which emphasized the need to strengthen national security by establishing a strong, domestic, free-enterprise mineral industry. John has always advocated that there needs to be a balance between extraction, technology, and preserving the environment. The relationship between groups should be cooperative, not confrontational.
But what is most important to John is that he's among America's top philanthropists, giving millions of dollars to educational causes including the Casper College Wold Science Building. Wold is a "visionary," according to his son, Peter. “That is the phenomenal thing about Dad. He's always out on the cutting edge and thinking in grand terms on a large scale," said Peter. For Wold, though, it's the small things in life that combine to make a large impact. In terms of success, it shouldn't be measured on the basis of financial well-being alone, he believes. "As you look back on your life," Wold posits, "what have you done to leave the world a better place to live in than when you came aboard? "I can't think of anything more disappointing than to sit back at whatever age you are, just as you're about to pass out of the big picture, and say, 'Well, I haven't done much to help my fellow man, but I've lived a pretty happy life and I'm satisfied with what I've done.'"
So we are looking forward to a celebratory birthday party for John beginning 5:50 pm on Saturday August 3, 2013 in the Master Ballroom of the Parkway Plaza Motel in Casper, Wyoming. Tickets are $50.00 per person or $500 for a table of 8 that includes a placard on the table with your name. Joining us for the celebration will be former Wyoming Congressman and former Vice President of the United States, Richard (Dick) B. Cheney, family and friends. The Casper Youth Orchestra will provide the music as we celebrate an epic journey around the world with a most remarkable man.
The Natrona County Republican Party is the party of the open door. Ours is the party of liberty, the party of equality of opportunity for all and favoritism for none. We believe Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times. We believe the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored. We believe free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity. We believe government must practice fiscal responsibility. We honor John S. Wold as the embodiment of these ideals. You can contact us at 307.262.6898 to purchase tickets, P.O. Box 3576, Casper, WY 82602.
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