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The Buried Life Coming to SWOSU

September 22, 2011

The Buried Life 

The Buried Life is coming to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and tickets are now on sale for the October 12 Panorama event on the Weatherford campus.

The Buried Life originated in 2006 when four now-twenty-something’s—Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn—set out in an old RV to complete a list of “100 Things We Want To Do Before We Die” and help out strangers along the way accomplish something on their own lists.

Their journey resulted in an MTV reality television show in 2008. Over an eight-week period, a grassroots movement grew to over 400,000 Facebook Fans, 50,000 Twitter followers, a following from people in 220 countries and two million views per month on their website.  By 2008, after three years of pursuing their list, building an online community and funding it through sponsorship and working extra jobs, TBL had people from more than 139 countries participating on their website, without any promotion or marketing.

All four members of The Buried Life will be at SWOSU to share their story. The event is Wednesday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center on the Weatherford campus.

Advance tickets are $5 for SWOSU students and faculty/staff with a valid SWOSU I.D. and $10 for others. All tickets at the door will be $20. Advance tickets can be purchased with a credit card by calling (580) 774-3019 or in person at the SWOSU Public Relations & Marketing Office in Room 205 of the Administration Building, SWOSU Business Office, Room 109 of the Administration Building; or at the Weatherford Daily News.

Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the foursome pulled a borrowed ’57 Dodge Coachman RV out of a field which lost five of its six tires on the road, bought a secondhand camera for $100 on eBay and hit the road for two weeks to see how many items they could check off their list. On their journey, TBL approached people to ask the question, "What do YOU want to do before you die? 

The name, The Buried Life, refers to a poem written in 1852 by British poet, Matthew Arnold, in which he said our daily life becomes so cumbersome that our REAL life becomes buried and we each have a longing to live our “buried life.” The four men work to keep it authentic to their original vision: “Simple and practical things demonstrate that, with creativity and the help of others, a person can accomplish anything, anything is possible.”

For more information, contact the SWOSU PR & Marketing Office at (580) 774-3063.

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