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2008 NATIONAL B.E.E.R. PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CONVENTION
I hope to see all of you at the convention!
Map to Blue River Lodge:
Dear B.E.E.R. Party Supporters,
It's getting close to election time. In just a few weeks, states will be holding their political parties' caucuses (can you say that in a public place?). We here at the B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Headquarters don't have a budget to hold a caucus. However, we do value your opinion. So, we have installed a polling station near the bottom of this web page. After reading about your candidate (Les), we ask that you think about whether he would make a good President or not, and then cast your vote YES or NO for "Les for President". All votes are unanimous...anomimus...anomynus...kept secret. The B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Committee would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You for your time and continued support. KEEP VOTING!
That's right folks!! On this day, July 4, 2007, I'm announcing my candicy...kanditcy...candicicy....SHOOT - I'm running for President of these here United States of America!
My campaign slogan: "Get More With Les - Because you couldn't do any worse!"
(Photo of Les and his Mobile Campaign Headquarters 7/6/2007)
A Bit About The Candidate and his Campaign
My name is Les Vilda - a lifetime resident of Wilber, NE, Graduate of Wilber-Clatonia High School, with a Bachelors Degree from Doane College in Crete, NE. I am an Eagle Scout with 3 palms, an honorably discharged Vietnam War era veteran, Ambassador of the Santa Fe Trail, 1993 recipient of the 'Nebraska's Friend Award', author, model, theater - television and movie actor, professional speaker, history consultant, Master Rope Maker, member of the Veterans of Rocky Mountain Philosophy, and, for over 20 years, owner of my own Living History business called Have Donkey Will Travel. I am also the connoisseur of fine manure, the guru of doo-doo, the purveyor of poop. That's right folks, I really know crap. That alone should make you at least consider me as a Presidential candidate.
When asked why I want to be President, I reply: Desire. You may be asking yourself: Is it a desire to lead? A desire for change? A desire for power? A desire for world peace? No, none of these. It's the desire for Money. It may be hard to believe, but this would be the best paying gig I've ever had!
As concerned American citizens, I'm sure you'd like to know about my Platform. Well, I'm very proud to tell people about my platform. It's about 8 by 14, made of redwood, and sets off the back of my house. It's the place where the B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Committee meets. It's also the place I drink my morning coffee, read the newspaper, barbeque, and entertain guests. I'm sure many Americans can relate to my platform, as many of you probably have similar platforms. Or, maybe you have plans to build a platform like it some day. I believe every Presidential candidate needs a good, solid platform. Mine has held up to 30 grown adults at one time and it still stands firm.
Some people have been interested in my proposed cabinet. If I'm elected, I can assure you that my cabinet will hold only some of the top-notched names in the business. You may recognize some of them. Professionals like: Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Captain Morgan, Dr. McGuillicudy, Jose Cuervo, and possibly even Old Grandad. These are names that we have known and trusted for years.
I have also been asked how I stand on the big issues facing America. As you get to know me, you will find that I personally have very few 'strong' beliefs, one way or the other, on the big issues facing this country. Actually, you may find that I'm pretty much just a spineless little weeney that the B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Committee threw into the Presidential race. If you think about it, my 'spinelessness' would allow me to freely dance and bounce around like a puppet on the strings of money and power just as well as any of the other candidates could - maybe even better. Hence, in part, to my campaign slogan: "Because You Couldn't Do Any Worse!"
This brings up the topic of Campaign Promises. How many times have Political Candidates made promises to you during their campaign and then, when they get into office, they actually follow through with very few or none of them? I'm thinking probably more times than you care to count. Well, I'm very pleased to announce that I am not going to make you any campaign promises. If I promise you nothing and I actually accomplish nothing, you won't be disappointed. However, if I do accomplish something, you may be pleased (and very possibly surprised) and make you feel you made the right decision in voting for me.
As my campaign grows, you may find that you do not like, or agree with, my views on various subjects. That's fine. I don't expect everyone to agree with me. That's one of the things I really like in this country - we can all have our own opinions. If your opinion is different than mine, well then...I really don't care about your opinion. If your opinion is not the same as mine, I would really prefer you stay at home on election day. Whatever you do, please don't go to the polls to vote. However, if your opinion IS the same as mine, by all means get your butt to the polls and VOTE!
And when you get to the polls, remember to:
Vote Early - Vote Often - Vote More For Les!
All of your votes will be greatly appreciated!
Ladies and Gentlemen - I know I'm not telling you anything new when I say that campaigning costs money. How apparent this has become as I traveled around the country this past year introducing myself to America. My campaign relies almost entirely upon the sale of B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Souvenirs.
Help support the B.E.E.R. PARTY by purchasing campaign souvenirs OR by simply sending in a campaign donation (sorry, it is NOT tax deductible!) Monies collected from Campaign Souvenir sales and donations will be used for transporting the Mobile Campaign Headquarters around the state of Nebraska (where I live) and possibly around the United States (if enough funds become available). If you are interested in the B.E.E.R. Party Mobile Campaign Headquarters (and me) coming to your community (festivals, events, parades, etc.), please email me to see if arrangements can be made (fees may apply). We are available for speaking engagements and/or parade opportunities. Your support, like your vote, is greatly appreciated!
Campaign Souvenirs available at the bottom of the page.
I want to keep all of you B.E.E.R. PARTY enthusiasts apprised as to how my campaign progresses. So, every week or two this page will be updated with campaign stories and photos. Please come back often!
SPEECHES and INTERVIEWS
Campaign speeches will be recorded and posted to YouTube. As speeches and interviews are made, you will be able to link to them from here....
KHAS-TV Hastings, NE - 10/21/2008 http://new.khastv.com/modules/news/article.php?storytopic=7&storyid=14927
MSNBC - 10/21/2008 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/#27313377
Daily Buzz - 10/25/2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-5v6271ndU
June 30, 2007 (Saturday) - DeWitt, NE
The Mobile Campaign Headquarters (MCH) made its first official appearance on the campaign trail today. Where?...DeWitt, Nebraska for their 4th of July Festival parade. Since this was a special occasion, I donned my "Uncle Les" outfit (see photo above and below). As I made my way through the parade route, I heard numerous parade-goers shouting "You Got My Vote!!". What a tremendous inspiration! And this was only my first day out! A photo of the MCH even made it in the "Crete News" newspaper. WOW!!! PUBLICITY!!!!!
July 6, 2007 (Friday) - Ceresco, NE
The MCH made an appearance at the 20th Annual Car Show in Ceresco, NE - and the parade. Despite the heat, it seemed that everyone was having a great time. This town sure knows how to pack in a crowd for the parade. It was standing room only! I had an eventful afternoon of kissing hands and shaking babies....no - wait....I mean shaking hands and kissing babies!! Those babies sure do like pulling my beard. Ah-h, the things us candidates do to get a vote. And I hope to get YOUR vote in 2008!!
(Les showing off his Mobile Campaign Headquarters at the Ceresco Car Show)
July 13, 2007 (Friday) - Wilber, NE
It's the "Lucky" Friday the 13th!! Nothing happened to me today that would be memorably lucky or unlucky...so I guess it was just another day. But, you know, that's not why you scrolled down this far on this web page. Campaign news!!! That's what you're looking for, so here it is. The B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Committee met at 8:00 PM this evening at the NON Mobile Campaign Headquarters - my house. This was the first committee meeting since the campaign started a couple weeks ago. Nobody had a pen or pencil, so no minutes of the meeting were taken. Roll call was taken. All were present, however some were more "here" than others. By the end of the meeting, none of us were "here" - we were all somewhere else - most were heading home. There were several topics for discussion at this meeting. Here are a few. One committee member suggested a pick-up truck pulling a hay trailer for the Wilber Czech Festival parade (first full weekend in August). The trailer would carry B.E.E.R. Party supporters to follow the Mobil Campaign Headquarters. GOOD IDEA. An itinerary for parades was discussed. No conclusions were made - the conversation got changed as a round of refreshments were handed out and was never resumed. Ideas were also discussed concerning designs for campaign stickers (for handing out during the parades), campaign buttons, yard signs, stationary, and post cards. We also discussed other campaign fund raisers. With the rising gasoline prices, our funds are dwindling quickly. The truck we use to get the Mobile Campaign Headquarters to the parades is 'sucking up' the funds faster than they are being raised. I also announced to the committee about the 'facelift' that the Mobile Campaign Headquarters will be receiving by the Wilber Czech Festival parade (you folks really need to come back to this website after the first weekend in August - you're gonna want to see this!).
July 15, 2007 (Sunday) - Dwight, NE
The MCH made a showing at the Dwight Czech Festival parade in Dwight, NE this afternoon. Once again, we were very well received. It seems that news of the B.E.E.R. PARTY had reached some of these people even before we arrived for the parade. It's nice to see people talking about our campaign. I hope all of you are telling your friends and neighbors about the B.E.E.R. PARTY! The 4 member crew of the Military Fire Truck (photo below) asked us if we could keep the MCH close to them during the parade. They said they were low on fuel and, in case the engine died during the parade, wanted us to pull them off the parade route to let the rest of the parade pass by. We agreed, however I'm glad they were able to finish the parade route on their own. I'm not sure if the MCH would have had enough power to pull off that task or not - not even with the home-brewed-EXTRA-high-octane 'gas' additive I keep in the 'emergency jug'. You know, the jug marked: XXX.
(The Mobile Campaign Headquarters is being shadowed by a Military Fire Truck at the Dwight Czech Festival.)
July 21, 2007 (Saturday) - Western, NE
The MCH journeyed to Western, NE for the parade at the Western Old Settlers Picnic. WOW...did we have a good time! Just check out the photo below of the crew we had riding the MCH. There were 3 button accordion players on board! There's something about accordion music and B.E.E.R. PARTY that always seem to go well together. It was almost like a concert without the amplifiers. I was a little more than slightly concerned whether the MCH was going to be able to 'pull' the crew through the parade route. The truck did well! Why, we even won a prize in the parade - the first one this year! We won "The Most Amusing Float" prize. I'm not sure, exactly, what that says for my campaign...but, I'm going to look at it as a positive thing...another feather in the MCH's cap. After the parade, I decided to walk around the festival area and greet the potential voters. What a great bunch of people! I sure had a large group of supporters at this event. When I walked into the A&A Bar, I was delighted when Sue and Blue River Czechs (local polka band) allowed me to have a few minutes on their microphone to speak to the patrons of the bar. The round of applause after my 5 minute speech was overwhelming. They were either very pleased with what I had to say, or they were very pleased that I stopped talking. Whatever the reason, the applause was much better to receive than having rotten vegetables thrown at me! I must be doing something right!! Please keep this applause in mind until election time and remember when you go to the polls: Vote Early - Vote Often - Vote More For Les!
|(Parade line-up at the Western Old Settlers Picnic. Look at that - standing room only!) (Left to Right - Back row: Ted, Janet - Front row: Roger, Sue, Glenda, Joan, Dennis.)||(Left to Right - Sue, Janet, "Uncle Les", Ted, Roger.) (The accordion players are wearing the 'very attractive' red campaign shirts.)|
August 1, 2007 (Wednesday) Lincoln, NE
I presented my very first Official Campaign Speech this morning to the Lincoln West Optimist Club. It seemed to go over very well! The speech was followed by numerous questions. It was obvious that I created curiosity if nothing else. I'm looking forward to my next speaking opportunity. If you would like my campaign speech delivered to your organization or group, please contact me to make arrangements. My contact information is at the bottom of this page.
|('Uncle Les' speaking to the Lincoln West Optimist Club)|
August 2-5, 2007 (Thursday - Sunday) Wilber, NE
It's Czech Days in Wilber, NE - "The Czech Capitol of the U.S.A." Oodles and oodles of people come to Wilber from all over the U.S. and even from other countries to experience this phenomenon called "Czech Days". A perfect opportunity for the B.E.E.R. PARTY to make an appearance. And an appearance we did make! On Thursday and Friday, Uncle Les took to the streets to greet the town-folk and visitors alike. I could tell by the expressions on some of the faces that they weren't sure what was going on. After all, my name is not Nationally known...yet. The facial expressions changed on Saturday and Sunday after these people watched the parade and saw the 'Mobile Campaign Headquarters' (MCH) and its follower float 'The B.E.E.R. PARTY SUPPORTERS'. When I greeted people on the street after the parade each day, everyone knew who I was. I was a Presidential candidate, not some bozo in a goofy costume! Some people were so confident that I am going to win the election that they started calling me 'Mr. President' by the end of the weekend.
We did very well in the parade. Saturday, the MCH won 2nd place in the Antique Car Category and the "Supporters" won 1st place in the Misc. Category. Sunday, the "Supporters" won 2nd place in the Misc. Category. To the "Supporters" - Congratulations! and Thank You for helping the B.E.E.R. PARTY cause!
In the July 13th entry, I mentioned a face-lift for the MCH, and indeed, it happened. Just check out the photos below! Placed on top the MCH was a mounted BEER (genetics gone wrong - a cross between a bear and a deer). It is very possibly the largest ever seen in the United States and maybe even the world. As you may already know, the BEER is the party mascot for the PRESIDENTIAL B.E.E.R. PARTY. It is used on all of the official B.E.E.R. PARTY stationary. It is also used on the official B.E.E.R. PARTY SEAL OF APPROVAL. A copy of which can be seen at the top of this web page.
Before I get to the photos of Czech Days, I want to let you know about some very interesting 'pop-up' books about Czech history, legends, and folklore. They are written by Lucy Seifertova and published by her husband Petr Prchal, both of the Czech Republic. I had the privilige of meeting Petr at the Wilber Czech Festival where he was accompanying a huge book exhibit currently touring the United States (see photos below). Now, when I say huge, I mean "HUGE"! The book in this exhibit holds the record for being the longest concertina book in the world - it measures 2 meters high and 70 meters long (that's a bit over 6 feet high and over 210 feet long for us non-metric thinking folk). If you would like information on this book and others that Lucy has written, please visit their website at: www.seifertova.cz Tell them 'Uncle Les' sent you!
|Petr Prchal and 'Uncle Les' showing off Lucy's new book "The History of the Czech Nation".||Petr Prchal (on right) with the world record book exhibit.|
|My nephew Ben Vilda (standing) with his float "B.E.E.R. PARTY SUPPORTERS".||Here is a close-up of the sign on the B.E.E.R. PARTY SUPPORTER'S float.|
|Yep, your eyes aren't deceiving you! This outhouse has been converted into the B.E.E.R. PARTY MOBILE OVAL OFFICE. It pulled behind the Supporters float.||MCH riders during Czech Days: (left to right) Roger, Larry, Bob, and my brother Dan. Larry and Bob provided the music for the parade with their button accordions.|
|Check out that huge BEER on top the MCH.||Here is a close-up of our B.E.E.R. PARTY mascot - The rare and very ferocious BEER. (The sign reads "I'm A Beer")|
|'Uncle Les' explaining his 'Platform' to a very attentive B.E.E.R. PARTY supporter. (Did you notice the 'very attractive' campaign shirt he's wearing?)||Both young and old enjoyed watching 'Uncle Les' and his B.E.E.R. PARTY SUPPORTERS make their way through the parade route. This youngster was waving very enthusiastically. (Didn't think I could spell that word, did you?) (Sometimes I surprise even myself!!)|
August 10, 2007 (Friday) Lincoln, NE
It was the 2nd Annual Lincoln West Optimist Club's Duck Pluck. It was held at the Lincoln Children's Zoo. Money raised during the event is used to help fund area youth projects. 'Uncle Les' and some of my campaign committee members made an appearance.
|One of the little yellow rubber ducks are being 'plucked' out of the water with a long handled net. Each duck represented a prize for some lucky ticket holder.||The ducks swam in the Stegosaurus Fountain. (Weren't they afraid they'd get eaten?)|
|"George, look at all these wonderful Silent Auction Items!!"||Kevin and Keith from Channel 8 TV were kind enough to take time out to pose for a photo with 'Uncle Les'. Thanks Guys!|
August 11, 2007 (Saturday) Crete, NE
'Uncle Les' and the Mobile Campaign Headquarters made an appearance at the Saline County Fair Parade in Crete, NE. It was a really hot day! Over 100 degrees heat index. I was only able to get one campaign committee member to join me for this event. Thanks Ted for braving the elements with me and helping get more voters aware that I'm running for office. (Sorry, no photos of this event. The camera crew stayed in the air conditioning.)
On my way back to Wilber from the fair, I stopped by the Czechland Vineyards for their annual "Time In The Vines". This event is hosted by Bob and Cheri Mager, Jim Mager, Jim and Marcia Emal, and Daryl and Joyce Wusk. Despite the heat, they had a wonderful crowd. Food, drink, and musical entertainment for all. It's an outdoor event situated right at the edge of the rows of grape vines. You are so close to the grapes, it almost makes you feel like you are part of the wine making process! This is the 5th year the vineyard has been in operation and their event continues to grow every year. I was very pleased that they allowed the Mobile Campaign Headquarters to make an appearance! If you're ever in the Wilber/Crete area on the 2nd weekend of August, you might want to remember to put this on your list of things to do. I have it marked on my calendar already for next year!!
|(Time In The Vines at Czechland Vineyards near Wilber, NE)||(Look kids, it's the Bob and Tom Show! Button accordion music was part of the entertainment at Time In The Vines.|
August 18, 2007 (Saturday) Milford, NE
I spent the whole day at Milford Fun Days in Milford, NE. It was a very "odd" day. I really don't know what to make of it. All day long, people would walk past the Mobile Campaign Headquarters looking in the opposite direction - even though there was nothing across from me to look at. That's right, the vast majority of the fine folks of Milford chose to look at "nothing" as opposed to looking at me and/or the Model TT Truck. One might think that even though you don't care about politics, you might still be interested in the old truck. Not these folks! Why, there wasn't even one person...not one (1)...from the city (or who ever plans this event) that came by to tell me where I was to set up, welcome me to the event, tell me to go home, go to hell, kiss my ass....Absolutely Nothing!! I wonder how many other towns are like this out there in the U.S.A.?? When I went through the parade in the afternoon, I had a very warm welcome. People along the parade route shouted things like: "you got my vote!"...along with cheers and applause. As I stated earlier...It was a very "odd" day!
August 29 - September 3, 2007 (Labor Day Weekend) Missouri Valley, IA
"Uncle Les" spent the weekend at the National Old Time Country Music and Bluegrass Festival in Missouri Valley, Iowa. I was there under my alias "Professor Kaun Ewebadd" performing the Dr. Rabi's Medicine Show. I met people there from Holland, New Zealand, Sweden, Canada, and from all across America. People really seemed to rally behind the B.E.E.R. PARTY at this event. The B.E.E.R. PARTY had a table of items for sale right next to the Dr. Rabi's Medicine and Invention Company. The two tables seemed to compliment each other very well. B.E.E.R. PARTY t-shirts and bumper stickers are now on their way to other states and foreign countries. I told the people from out of country that they needed to vote for me. Any and all votes, no matter where they come from, would be greatly appreciated! They assured me that I had their vote.
September 15, 2007 (Saturday) Blue Rapids, KS
I had some time off of the campaign trail. It wasn't my idea - I just couldn't find an event to attend. I was delighted to find, and attend for one day, this weekend camping event at Alcove Spring located North of Blue Rapids, KS. Alcove Spring used to be a watering hole/campsite along the Oregon Trail. Most of the campers this weekend were camped as if they had gone back in time and were actually traveling the Oregon Trail. A very interesting event. I'd highly recommend you putting it on your calendar of events to visit, or participate in, for next year! The participants this year seemed excited to hear about the B.E.E.R. PARTY. One of the participants emailed me a few days later. Here is what she had to say: "Because I am always ready for a party, and because I want more BEER and less Vilda, I bought a campaign Tee shirt and bumper sticker. Yvonne Larson and Nan's Covered Wagon support the Beer Party candidate for President. (That covered wagon sure looks good in the red Tee shirt!)" (You can read more about Yvonne and her history programs at: http://www.historicperformance.com/programs.htm) You just know the campaign is going well when you start getting great testimonials like that! Thanks Yvonne!
September 20-30, 2007 (Thursday - Sunday) Holtwood, PA
I decided it was time to spread my wings and start campaigning a bit farther from home. My destination was the 31st Eastern Primitive Rendezvous which was held at the Muddy Run Park near Holtwood, PA. This is a history event where historical enthusiasts interpret American history from 1640-1840. Why yes!...it was open to the public! Did you miss it? This should be an event everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. I would like to compliment 'Bubbles' and her staff on putting on a wonderful event. There were things to do for the young and old alike. If you were a participant at the event, and were bored, it was your own fault. This year there were somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500-1800 participants and over 1500 public visitors. Participants came from all over the U.S. (ie: WA, OR, WY, CO, NE, AK, HI, and nearly every state East of the Mississippi River) and even some foreign countries (ie: Canada, Finland, and Africa). And I was right in the heart of it all with campaign information. I was even allowed 'speech' time around one of the evening campfires. I made it short because I know people come to the campfires to listen to music, not political speeches. The last thing I wanted to do was get the masses upset with me. After all, I was after their votes, not their boots in my 'behind'. I used the daytime hours to do the bulk of my campaigning. I campaigned for the participants as much as for the visitors. I did get to do some evening campaigning at the camp 'tavern'. (SIDE NOTE: I am now thoroughly convinced that Area 51 really exists. I'm pretty sure that the ladies operating the tavern either worked at Area 51 or had connections with the place. One night, they were serving a green beverage they called 'Alien Pee'. As your Presidential Candidate, I felt it was my duty to the American public to investigate this beverage....and so I did. I found it to be a very desirable drink. If I'm elected President, I'm going to get to the bottom of this Area 51 issue and open inter-galactic trade so that people all over this country can enjoy this wonderful new beverage.) I now understand why politicians did so much campaigning at taverns during the 1700's and 1800's....it was/is so-o-o easy to sway a vote under a tavern setting! I was able to convince a whole slew of folks to vote B.E.E.R. PARTY while I was at the tavern. By the end of the week, nearly everyone camped at this event knew I was the new Presidential candidate. As I walked around the campground late in the week, I had numerous groups that would stand and hum "Hail To The Chief" as I walked by. Keep the faith folks!! There's only a year and a month until election time!
|('Uncle Les' catches up with 'Bubbles' (the Booshway of the 2007 Eastern Primitive Rendezvous) for a quick photo op and to tell her about the B.E.E.R. PARTY.)||(Baltimore Red and Linda Jones (proprietors of The Silver Run Trading Company) take a few moments out of their busy day for a photo with 'Uncle Les'.)|
|(These 2 gals came in all the way from New York to run the tavern - an important establishment to have in any election. They promised to take word of the B.E.E.R. PARTY back to New York.) (Remember: 'Alien Pee')||(Is this Ben Franklin flying his kite on such a rainy, stormy day? What's he trying to prove?)|
|(This guy was packing out of camp on the last day and I noticed the very fashionable B.E.E.R. PARTY t-shirt he was wearing. Thanks for the advertising Flick!)|
November 1, 2007 (Thursday) Lincoln, NE
'Uncle Les' delivered a campaign speech for the Mid-Towne Sertoma Club in Lincoln, NE today at their noon meeting. The audience was very attentive during the speech. Some interested parties even asked questions after the speech. When the questions were finished, the President of the club presented me with a pen (Thank You!). Not just any pen. This pen is to be used to sign the first official document (bill) which crosses my desk after I become President. I wonder if it uses disappearing ink? I hope so! If it doesn't, I may have to learn to make those squiggly things on paper. What are they called?....Oh yeah, letters and words.
|(The President of the Mid-Towne Sertoma Club presents 'Uncle Les' with his very own 'bill signing' pen.|
November 16, 2007 (Friday) Crete, NE
I was asked to make an appearance today at the weekly Drink Beer Committee meeting. A nice group of folks. I had hopes of my first official organizational endorsement, but it didn't happen...yet. Just think, with an organization backing me with a title like "Drink Beer Committee", what a great boost that would be to my campaign. I plan on going back early in 2008 with a rousting campaign speech and see if I can't sway the committee to stamp my campaign with their approval.
December 8-9, 2007 (Saturday-Sunday) Salina, KS
"Uncle Les" attended the Wild West Show in Salina, KS this weekend and delivered 6...count them - SIX campaign speeches. It was reported that the 4 speeches delivered on Saturday were not loud enough for the listening public to hear in the back of the building. What a shame. They have no idea what they missed. But, we remedied that on Sunday. We used a much more powerful speaking system. No chance of them not hearing me this time. Each time my speech was completed, there was a rousing round of applause. But, like in Western, NE on July 21st, I'm not sure if they were applauding that I was finished speaking or because they liked what I had to say. For whatever reason, the applause was appreciated and my campaign moves forward. This was the first public appearance of my campaign staff. Unfortunately, my photographer couldn't come with me to this event, so I'd like to ask the people in attendance: If you have a group photo of me with my campaign staff, would you please send me a copy via email? I'd like to post it on this web page. Thank you.
|"Uncle Les" delivering 1 of his 6 campaign speeches at the Wild West Show in Salina, KS.||Roy and Tom seem to be really enjoying the campaign speech. I believe I just found 2 more B.E.E.R. Party supporters.|
January 18-20, 2008 (Friday-Sunday) Kearney, NE
I presented a campaign speech at the Saturday Night Banquet for the annual United Nebraska Muzzle Loading Association's Convention. This year the convention was held in Kearney, NE at the Holiday Inn just off Interstate 80. What a great bunch of folk. My speech was given while everyone was being served their dinner. My speech must have been received well. I don't recall anyone losing their appetite over what I had said. I'll take that as a good thing!
January 26-27, 2008 (Saturday-Sunday) Lincoln, NE
I made an appearance at the Lincoln Gun Show. Along with my regular wares that I usually sell at these types of events, I did a bit of campaigning. This was a new audience that I wanted to inform that I was running for President. I know I picked up a few more supporters by attending this event. Every vote counts.
February 1-3, 2008 (Friday-Sunday) Hutchinson, KS
This weekend I attended the annual Kansas Muzzle Loading Association's Convention in Hutchinson, KS. I didn't get to speak at their banquet like at Nebraska's Convention, but they did allow me to speak during the day on Saturday in the Trade/Display Room. This was an excellent place for delivering a campaign speech. This is where practically everyone attending the event would be during the day. I couldn't have asked for a better place or time. A bit later in the afternoon, a reporter and photographer from the local newspaper showed up. Guess what! Yep, "Uncle Les" made the Sunday paper....in color! Look out candidates - I'm picking up steam!!
|Ben Franklin and "Uncle Les" - what a true "American" picture. The only thing I can think of that could have made this picture any more "American" is if we would have included an apple pie.||2 more B.E.E.R. Party voters? I hope so. By the way, this is what it looks like when the 'Old West' meets the 'Old Tymer'.|
February 9, 2008 (Saturday) Wilber, NE
Happy Caucus Day! That's right, the very first ever B.E.E.R. Party Caucus was held this afternoon (starting at 1:00 PM) at Randy's Place (Bar and Grill) in Wilber, NE. The event was moderated by Mr. David Fikar. Mr. Fikar (aka: Dave) announced to the crowd that there were 2 candidates running on the B.E.E.R. Party ticket - Les Vilda and Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey. Until the very moment that Dave made this announcement, I had no idea that Whiplash was running against me. Though I was a bit shocked to hear this, I welcome the idea of competition. We were both given the opportunity to present a few words before the actual caucus began. For whatever reason, Whiplash wasn't there. Maybe he couldn't make it. Maybe he didn't want to show up. I don't really know. (It made me wonder if maybe Dave didn't just make that up to put a bit of a scare into me.) But, when I was called upon, I did present to the group some of my views of this campaign. Then the caucus began. Surprisingly, not a single person offered any point of view for, or against, me OR Whiplash. This could have very possibly been the shortest caucus in the history of caucuses. The group was then asked to divide into two groups. The group that wanted to vote for me were to stay in the room they were in. The group that wanted to vote for Whiplash were asked to go to the adjoining room. One person got up and went to the other room. I don't really think he wanted to vote for Whiplash because he was back in just a very short amount of time - with a cold beer in his hand. I'm thinking he was thirsty. The bar was in the adjoining room. When the counting of votes was completed, the Presidential Costume Contest started (event goers were encouraged to attend dressed as their favorite President or Presidential Candidate throughout American history). I'm tellin ya, this B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Committee really had their ducks in a row when they put this event together. Think about it....a campaign speech, a caucus, and a costume contest all at the same time. And did I mention it was held in a bar? (I really think this Campaign Committee is on to something. If more caucuses were held in bars, I think they would have much larger turnouts.) The costume contest didn't last too long - there was only one person that came to the event in a costume. The winner of the contest was Ted Beauvais of Crete, NE. Ted won a brand new, never before worn, never been puked on, still in the package, B.E.E.R. Party T-Shirt. Congratulations Ted! Overall, I think the event went over very well. The event was captured on video. When the video becomes available to me, I'll post highlights on YouTube. You will be able to find the link to the video here when it gets posted.
|Left to Right: Moderator Mr. David Fikar; President Costume Contest winner Ted Beauvais (dressed as B.E.E.R. Party Presidential Candidate Les Vilda); and me ("Uncle Les").|
October 14, 2008 (Tuesday) Wilber, NE
Today marks a milestone in the history of the B.E.E.R. Party. I, Les Vilda, held my very first television interview as your B.E.E.R. Party Presidential Candidate. Two gentlemen (Dennis Kellogg and Richard Tolson) drove all the way from Hastings, NE to meet with me in Wilber (for those of you not too familiar with Nebraska cities - Hastings is over 100 miles West of Wilber). They were with KHAS-TV (Channel 5), an NBC affiliate. They interviewed me for a news segment called "A Day In The Heartland". The piece is to air in the Hastings area on the evening of October 21, 2008 (Tuesday 6 and 10 PM) and again on the morning of October 22, 2008 (Wednesday 6:30 and 11:30 AM). They tell me that several of their pieces get picked up by NBC affiliates all across the country. So, maybe....just maybe, you might be lucky enough to catch the interview on your local NBC station shortly after the original airing of October 21. If not, I am told that you will be able to log onto the KHAS-TV website after October 21 and watch the interview. This link should take you to the page you need to be on: http://new.khastv.com/modules/news/index.php?storytopic=7&storynum=5
If you skipped over the paragraph at the top of this webpage, you are going to want to go back and read it. The B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Committee is getting ready to throw its very first ever National B.E.E.R. Party Presidential Convention. I sure hope a lot of you will be able to show up and make this a convention of all conventions! See You There!
October 26, 2008 (Sunday) Wilber, NE
HOLY SMOKES!!! Have you folks been watching the news lately? I think every day since October 21st, when the KHAS-TV interview was first aired, there has been tv stations from all across America picking up the story of the B.E.E.R. Party and their Presidential Candidate. I put some of the news links in the Speeches and Interviews section above. If you passed that up, scroll back up and check them out. The story has been picked up by Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, Dallas, Denver, San Diego, and even MSNBC, to mention only a few. I had even heard rumor that BBC in the UK also picked it up, but I can't verify that at this time. I also had a phone call from 'The Bonnie Hunt Show'. I, and the entire B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Committee, would like to take this opportunity to thank Dennis and Richard on the wonderful job they did with putting together the B.E.E.R. Party News Interview. The B.E.E.R. Party is now known around the world. THANK YOU!
Yesterday, a group of B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Committee members met at Possum Lodge-Wilber, NE to create a few video clips that will be uploaded to YouTube over the next few days. The first one should be posted by tomorrow (10/27/08) and then watch for a new one every day or two until (at least) Election Day (11/4/08).
The B.E.E.R. Party Event Coordinators touched base with me this past Friday and reported that everything is going well for the B.E.E.R. Party Presidential Convention. They tell me that it is going to be an event you won't want to miss. So, if you're available on November 2, 2008, come on down to Blue River Lodge near Crete, Nebraska at 5 PM and join in the festivities. I hope to see you there!
November 2, 2008 (Sunday) Crete, NE
Blue River Lodge near Crete, Nebraska was the site of the 2008 National B.E.E.R. Party Presidential Convention. This was the very first Presidential Convention the B.E.E.R. Party has ever hosted. WHAT A SUCCESS! A big thank you goes out to the managers of the Lodge, Lumir and Darlene, for allowing us to hold the Convention there this year. Another big thank you goes out to Sue and the Blue River Czechs (the official band of the B.E.E.R. Party) for all their help and cooperation. I'd also like to thank all the members of the B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Committee that put time and effort into helping throw one heck of a great Convention.
Entrance sign to the Blue River Lodge.
Blue River Lodge near Crete, Nebraska.
For those of you who were not able to attend the convention, allow me to give you a rundown of events. The day started about 10 AM when we started putting up roadside signs to direct traffic to the Lodge. By 10:30, we started decorating the lodge with streamers, ribbons, bows, and balloons; setting up the podium, displaying the Campaign Souvenirs, making signs, and setting up the stage for the band. About 3 PM, we started playing the KHAS-TV interview with your B.E.E.R. Party Presidential Candidate on a 10 foot screen on one of the inside walls of the Lodge. This played over and over until about 4:30 PM. The band was to start playing at 5 PM. Just a few minutes before the band started, our M.C. for the evening, Daryl Fikar, welcomed everyone to the Convention and explained a bit about what was to happen during the course of the evening. When the band went on their first break, about 6 PM, Daryl was back to the podium to give a little background information about the B.E.E.R. Party. He then introduced Kelly Homolka, Chairman of the B.E.E.R. Party Nomination Committee. Kelly announced the nomination of Les Vilda as the official Presidential candidate for the B.E.E.R. Party and then provided some background information on the candidate. When Kelly was finished speaking, song sheets were handed out to the crowd and everyone was asked to help sing the B.E.E.R PARTY CAMPAIGN THEME SONG. Yep, you read that right. The B.E.E.R. Party now has its very own Campaign Theme Song. Do any of the other parties have their own Theme Song? I'm thinking: NO, but then I've also been known to be wrong once in a while. Anyway, the song was written to the toe-tappin tune of Beer Barrel Polka. The Blue River Czechs played the music while the crowd sang. What a moment.
During the second band break, Daryl introduced Les, the B.E.E.R. Party Presidential Candidate. Les delivered his official acceptance speech. It was recieved very well. I was prepared for the worst though. I brought along an "Applause" sign in case I needed to prompt the audience. That was not necessary at all. The crowd responded very well to the comments, statistics, and the total lack of campaign promises I offered them. After the acceptance speech, everyone once again sang the B.E.E.R Party Campaign Theme Song. It may have been my imagination, but I think there were more people singing it this second time than the first. It sure seemed louder.
During the third band break, Les gave a bit of background information on and introduced his running mate Bob Denker. Bob then came to the podium to deliver his acceptance speech as the Vice Presidential Candidate. And a fine speech it was. The B.E.E.R. Party Campaign Theme Song was once more sung and the band finished out the evening with music. Conclusion of the evening's events was about 9 PM.
Every time a B.E.E.R. Party dignitary approached the podium, they were escorted by the B.E.E.R. Party Secret Service. There was only one small incident which proved to be only a mistake in identity. But, I feel the Secret Service was justified that evening. I heard one report that over 600 people had entered through the doors of the Lodge that night. I'd also heard another report that the number was closer to 350. It's still a whole slew of folks. I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the brave men of the B.E.E.R. Party Secret Service who participated in the 2008 Convention.
November 5, 2008 (Wednesday) Wilber, NE
For those of you who may not have seen the election results from yesterday - it is with a heavy heart to have to announce that I, Les Vilda, your B.E.E.R. Party Presidential Candidate, DID NOT win the U.S. Presidential election. Though a bit disappointed, I am very optimistic about 2012. Here are some statistics to ponder. We had about 35-40 people show up at our caucus in February of 2008. Reports had somewhere between 350-600 people attend the convention only 9 months later. That is an increase of interest in the B.E.E.R. Party of nearly 1000%. We were also able to attain not only National, but International press coverage in that same 9 month period. All of that without spending millions of dollars; or thousands, or even hundreds of dollars. This was achieved by spending only a few dollars for gas to get the Mobile Campaign Headquarters to various events (which was always reimbursed by the sale of campaign souvenirs) and by the wonderful job all of you (family, relative, friends, and neighbors) did in spreading the word by mouth to your friends and colleages. If we could accomplish this in only 9 months, just think what we can do in another 4 years. I'd like to thank all of you for your support and enthusiasm over the past 2 years. I'm hoping that you're not ready to throw in the towel just yet. I know I'm not!
Come back often to find out what the B.E.E.R. Party is up to. In the meantime, don't forget that Christmas is not too far off. We have a lovely selection of Campaign Souvenirs that would make excellent stocking stuffers!!
If anyone is interested, as of November 7, the vote tallies from the voting link below was: Yes - 270 No - 7
Here is your chance to vote. (Should you change your mind at some point in the future, please come back and cast a new vote.) Thank you for voting.
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T-Shirts - Red
Shirt reads: "LES VILDA B.E.E.R. PARTY Candidate for President (Because you couldn't do any worse!)". These Red Campaign T-Shirts are made of 100% cotton. At present, they are available in 5 sizes: Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, and 3X-Large.
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T-Shirts - Blue
Shirt reads: "LES VILDA B.E.E.R. PARTY Candidate for President (Because you couldn't do any worse!)". These Blue Campaign T-Shirts are made of 100% cotton. At present, they are available in 5 sizes: Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, and 3X-Large.
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These Patriotically colored bumper stickers measure 4¼" x 11". Now you can show off your B.E.E.R. PARTY support by sticking some on your car, lunch box, cooler, notebook, book bag, office door, or maybe your computer monitor. Stick one on your buddy's back so he walks around wearing it all day. Stick some on your neighbor's cars. Have you been considering putting new siding on your house? These might be cheaper!!?? They are priced to move!
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Autographed Poster - Color
Here is a wonderful item that will be sought after by young and old alike. It is an 8-1/2 x 11 inch color poster of your B.E.E.R. Party Candidate standing next to his Mobile Campaign Headquarters. Each poster is signed by me, Les Vilda, your B.E.E.R. Party Presidential Candidate. This ain't no rubber stamp deal - you get my real autograph. And...they are suitable for framing!
Autographed Poster - B/W
This is the same poster as above, only this one is in Black and White. That's right, this one is autographed also. Some have considered hanging these in their garages or other places rodents have become bothersome. I have been told that my photo has been known to repel varmints as large as raccoon! I make no guarantees on this, but for only $2.00, wouldn't it be worth a try?
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Les Vilda - PO Box 99 - Wilber, NE 68465
For further information about any of these products, please contact Les Vilda. I look forward to hearing from you!
Les Vilda, PO Box 99, Wilber, NE 68465 - (402) 821-3058