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A Discussion on President Bush's role as a Communicator - 10/26/2010

Curt Smith
Mr. Curt Smith is an author, columnist, radio talk host, and senior lecturer in English at the University of Rochester. Raised in upstate New York, Smith was a Gannett Company reporter, The Saturday Evening Post senior editor, and Reagan Administration speechwriter before joining the Bush White House in 1989. He wrote many notable speeches for President Bush including the “Just War” Persian Gulf address, Nixon and Reagan Library dedications, and President Bush’s 2004 eulogy to Ronald Reagan at Washington’s National Cathedral. Smith hosts the NPR affiliate series Perspectives and is a columnist for Gatehouse Media, PoliticalMavens.com, and Major League Baseball’s official website MLBlog.com. In addition, he serves as a political analyst for Rochester’s CBS and TIME-Warner TV outlets and is a frequent panelist on radio’s syndicated Beyond the Beltway.

The author of 13 books, Smith’s most recent is Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story. Since 2009, he has also written book essays on the 32 greatest presidential speeches and 32 greatest TV/film presidential portrayals. The State University of New York at Geneseo undergraduate has been named among the “100 Outstanding Alumni” of New York’s SUNY system. He is a member of the Judson Welliver Society of former White House speechwriters, Baseball Hall of Fame Ford Frick Award broadcast committee, and Museum of Broadcast Communications and National Radio Hall of Fame committee. In 2009, Smith, Zogby, and former NBA legend Manute Bol began raising funds to build 41 schools for children in Bol’s native war-torn Sudan. He lives with wife Sarah and their two children in Rochester.

Roman Popadiuk

Dr. Roman Popadiuk has served as executive director of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation since January, 1999. Before assuming his duties as executive director, Dr. Popadiuk led a long and distinguished career in the foreign service. He served in President Reagan's administration and served in the Bush Administration as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs. In 1992-1993, President Bush appointed Dr. Popadiuk as the first U.S. Ambassador to independent Ukraine.

Dr. Popadiuk received several awards for his career in the foreign service including the State Department's Superior Honor Award and the Meritorious Honor Award.

He is the author of The Leadership of George Bush: An Insider's View of the Forty-first President, in which he examines the way President Bush's personal leadership style influenced the formation and execution of policy.

Milo Hamilton

Leland “Milo” Hamilton is an American sportscaster, best known for calling play-by-play for seven different Major League Baseball teams since 1953. He got his start with the St. Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles), and has since called games for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburg Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and currently the Houston Astros, where he has been the main radio announcer since 1987.

Hamilton has received numerous awards for his work in broadcasting. In 1992 he received the Ford Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame, in 2000 he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, and will soon be inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

On April 8, 2009, Houston Mayor Bill White dedicated Hamilton Street, located in downtown Houston, to Milo Hamilton, changing the street's name to Milo Hamilton Way in honor of the longtime Hall of Fame Voice of the Astros.

Hamilton is also known for his catch phrase "Holy Toledo, what a play!"

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