Simpson brothers delight crowd in Sheridan

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — To the delight of a sold-out crowd, Peter and Alan Simpson joked about age, Wyoming, beer and shared their Sheridan roots at "An Evening with the Simpson Brothers," a benefit for the Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum, Thursday. Though the both carry dignified titles — retired U.S. Sen. Alan K. Simpson was most recently appointed by President Obama to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in 2010, and older brother Peter K. Simpson, University of Wyoming Vice President Emeritus and former member of the Wyoming House of Representatives — neither has forgotten that humor, humility and good will are what make Wyomingites most at home. Pete told the crowd that his father, the late Sen. Milward L. Simpson, used to say he proposed to the boys' mother, Lorna, high up in the Bighorns. She said yes — but Milward didn't know it. His ears were too stopped up from the altitude to hear her. "'Both of you would have been two years older, had I heard her,'" Pete quoted his father, drawing laughter from the crowd. Here, Pete jokes about a man 70 years old — not even* that* old, he says — with a young beauty on his arm: Alan reminded the crowd that Wyoming is full of miscreants and drinkers, and that though every woman wants to marry a man with a strong will, she wants it to be "made out to her." Sheridan County Museum Director John Woodward said the community was honored to host the brothers at the event. The Museum will have 2016 displays on the archaeology of the Bighorns, and will "show visitors how Sheridan county fits into the larger story of the West" when it reopens for the spring season, he said. The event also featured a live and silent auction, a raffle, dinner and drinks. [image: Inline image 1] *Packed audience awaits the Simpson brothers. / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 2] *Simpson brothers speak in front of a crowd Thursday at the Holiday Inn. /