There was a time...  

 John Salicco 
Historical Impersonator, Writer and Musician


The 49er:
A Gold Run Musicianer
Time frame: 1850's

The Klondike
Tales of a Sourdough
Time Frame: 1898

The Banjo:
An American Gypsy
Time frame: 19th Century

  Jacques Portier:
Old Nor'Wester
Time frame: 1830's

The Great Depression:
How do you spell relief?
Time frame: 1930's


Story Telling


There was a time in History
 Seminar Series



Originally developed for Inquiring Mind, a program  of Humanities Washington, this presentation is now offered to the general public.  Please contact me for details.


DISCONTINUED After four years of performances, I have discontinued this program.


John Quincy Adams - "A citizen of the United States"
July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848

In this 50 minute program, Mr. Salicco, impersonates former US President, but now Congressman John Quincy Adams in 1842 as he reminisces on a life of public service.  A privileged witness to the birth of our nation, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, John Quincy Adams’ influence has shaped America's destiny.   John Quincy was a lifelong vocal adversary of slavery.  He believed in voting according to his conscience rather than following party lines.  From the annexation of Florida to the Convention of 1818 allowing for joint occupation and settlement of the Oregon Country, (the present day States of Washington and Oregon) John Quincy Adams in 50 years of public service, remains one of America’s greatest unsung heroes.  

 This is a presentation portraying a life of public service filled with privilege, fame and enormous successes, but also a story of depression, pain and defeat.  He had to contend with family alcoholism, suicide, and scandal.   Adams seemed to long for a contemplative scholarly life filled with art and literature, yet he pursued a career in the law, diplomacy and politics. The life of John Quincy Adams is a story of wisdom and folly, nobility and pettiness, courage and cunning, quarrel and consensus. The turmoil that surrounded so much of his life chronicles the heart of the American democracy. 

This presentation is suitable for elementary through adult audiences.



The real John Q Adams



J Salicco as John Q Adams













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