The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


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'Scrooge' tells Dickens' message for 30 years

Few people have groaned and moaned about Christmas more than Dick Boyd. He has shouted “Bah, humbug!” and been a miserly grump for 30 years.

Of course, that’s just on stage and only during the Christmas season.

As “Scrooge,�? Dick Boyd celebrates
As “Scrooge,” Dick Boyd celebrates Christmas morning.

Boyd, a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa, played Ebenezer Scrooge for 30 years. If you’re counting, that’s 818 performances—without missing one. And his pastor, Jon Benson, reports Boyd also was “in church every Sunday,” and still is.

Last year Boyd chose to retire from playing Scrooge and give someone else a chance to star in the popular annual musical at the Omaha [Neb.] Community Playhouse—the country’s largest community theater.

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