Gib is a born and bred Hoosier. He was born and raised in Lafayette , attended Jefferson High School, Purdue U. , and graduated from Bethel College in Mishawaka .
He is former signalman in the US Navy serving eight years on various destroyers.
He is a retired State Farm Insurance agent and has had an office in Huntington, Indiana since 1976. He is married to Sandy and they have three children and three grandsons.
Gib is a charter member of the Champion Hill Toppers Vintage Base Ball Club (1862 rules and uniforms) and serves that club mainly as an umpire. He sings as a ‘basso profundo’ and has appeared in numerous local stage plays and musicals. He has appeared in several local theater productions over the years. He is a life member of the Huntington County Historical Society.
Gib has been a Civil War buff all his life and is a current member of the Ft. Wayne Civil War Roundtable. He is past camp commander of Champion Hill, Camp 17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and past Indiana Department Commander of that patriotic organization.
Gib has been a life long admirer of Theodore Roosevelt. (He is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association.) Mr. Roosevelt’s personality, intellect, and zest for life were an irresistible call to Gib. But it wasn’t until about 1998 that a local teacher convinced Mr. Young to come to a fifth grade class as the 26th President. The ‘challenge’ and fun of that small event led to an acceleration of study of ‘TR’s’ history and a development of period clothing and spectacles.
A fortuitous meeting in 2003 with Mr. Fritz Klein, the foremost Abraham Lincoln interpreter today convinced Gib to become a professional interpreter himself. Mr. Klein felt that Gib’s Theodore Roosevelt impression was the best he had ever seen. Besides the physical resemblance of Theodore Roosevelt – circa 1915 – Mr. Young has been able to develop the vocal and movements of his subject to a high degree.
Mr. Young has appeared before audiences from Boston to Seattle and from Houston to Marquette. He has had the honor of appearing at White House, Mt. Rushmore Natl. Memorial, Devils Tower Natl. Monument, Jewel Cave Natl. Monument, Washington’s Mt. Vernon, Lincoln’s Boyhood Home in Indiana, Lincoln’s Springfield, Ill. home, US Grant’s home in St. Louis, the Ottawa Ohio Wildlife Refuge, the JFK Library, the Smithsonian’s American History Museum, and Ft. Caspar in Wyoming to name just a few venues on his resume’ In addition he has appeared at hundreds of historical societies, libraries, schools, retirement homes, and festivals which you can find on his client list.
Highlights of his professional career are; working with the finest presidential interpreters in the United States ; Mr. Fritz Klein (Abraham Lincoln), Mr. Dean Malissa (George Washington), Mr. Bill Barker (Thomas Jefferson), and Mr. David Schuler (John Adams). Performing as Mr. Roosevelt has allowed Gib to dine with captains of aircraft carriers, to drive a steam locomotive through the Amish country of Pennsylvania, and to meet the most wonderful and enthusiastic of children.