L. Douglas Waldorf
Born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, L. Douglas Waldorf served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, and married Olive Jean Owens in 1945.
A youth leader for more than 38 years, L. Douglas Waldorf served in Boy Scout leadership for 28 years, and was a Scoutmaster at two National Jamborees (1957 and 1960). He also served four years as President of the Tidewater Council of Campfire Girls in Norfolk, Virginia.
L. Douglas Waldorf assisted Dr. Rachel Bonney of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in producing an ethnic studies guide for elementary schools in North Carolina. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also worked on a similar project for public schools in Virginia.
A professional musician for most of his life, L. Douglas Waldorf performed in USO shows from 1944 to 1946 and spent many years as a radio and television announcer and was known as "Wally Douglas". He organized and served several years as the conductor of the Virginia Beach Concert orchestra and chorus.
L. Douglas Waldorf has played parts in several movies, including "Jamestown, the Start of a Nation," and appeared in the role of King Powhatan in the In Search Of television program with Leonard Nimoy. He also played the part of Chief Tomochichi in the Georgia Sesquicentennial Pagent in the City of Savannah in 1983.
A past vice President of the Archeological Society of North Carolina, L. Douglas Waldorf is widely known for his stimulating lectures at churches, schools, museums, historical and archeological societies and colleges.
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, as "Chief Thundercloud," L. Douglas Waldorf became one of America's top Wild West performers, at Frontier City at Virginia Beach, Virginia, excelling in trick and fancy horseback riding. He was equally skilled in tricks with bullwhips, performing with two 16-foot whips, one in each hand. As "Chief Thundercloud," he also did trick shooting with rifle, pistol and bow and arrow. Thousands of spectators held their breath as he threw 12 inch long steel knives within inches of a young girl standing in front of a large circular target. Today, he is honored in the International Knife Thrower's Hall of Fame in Austin Texas.
In 1965, L. Douglas Waldorf opened the outdoor museum Skicoak Living Museum of the American Indian in Virginia Beach, VA. Skicoak offered school children a trip back through time as they toured Native American dwellings, and saw demonstrations of their lifestyle. At Skicoak Living Museum, "Chief Thundercloud" gave way to "Wero Mamanatowick" as L. Douglas Waldorf chose to focus on Eastern Native culture rather than the culture of Plains versus Coastal. Desiring to give more of the orginal history of America's beginnings, L. Douglas Waldorf moved the museum to Roanoke Island along the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 1971. There he reconstructed the Village of Roanoak and opened Roanoak Island Historical Park on the north end of Roanoke Island near Manteo, North Carolina. At Roanoak Indian Village, as "Wero Mamanatowick" and attired as the Native Roanoak Indians were dipicted in John White's Drawings, L. Douglas Waldorf told the true story of America's Beginnings, as the first English Explorers came to Roanoak Island in 1584 and were warmly welcomed by the people in the Village of Roanoak. The Village Life Tour demonstrated cooking techniques, tanning, sewing, arrowhead making and much more of the every day village life of the native American Roanoak's. Photographs of his living history exhibits at Skicoak Living Museum of the American Indian and at the Roanoak Indian Village at Roanoak Island Historical Park are presently in use for educational purposes by several leading museums including the Smithsonian.
L. Douglas Waldorf was a High Priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, filled a mission in the Central Atlantic States in 1951 and had served in many Church callings since then. He had been serving continuously in the Atlanta Georgia Temple since it began operations in 1983 at the time of his death on 16 April 2007.
L. Douglas Waldorf traveled extensively in the Southeast of the United States, and all across America to personally give his LDS Firesides. Many Ward Mission Leaders asked him to come back again and again to deliver his whole catalog of LDS Firesides. These mission leaders have expressed their gratitude for L. Douglas Waldorf's tesitmony and historical evidences of the Gospel as "there were always baptisms after one of Doug Waldorf's Firesides."
L. Douglas Waldorf is the author of the books, Teachings of Jesus Christ, Beyond the End of Your Nose, and Adventure at Roanoak. (Both Teaching of Jesus Christ, Beyond the End of Your Nose, and Adventure at Roanoak will soon be available from Mark 4:22 Productions soon.)
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