Jon Meacham To Present Ferguson-Clark Lecture

June 30, 2004

Jon Meacham, author of The New York Times best seller, Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, will present the third Ferguson-Clark Author Lecture benefitting the Baylor University Libraries.

Meacham will speak on 'Franklin and Winston: Leadership Issues for Today' at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Mayborn Museum Complex. Baylor alumnus Collen A. Clark established the lecture series endowment in honor of his mother, Carla Sue Ferguson Garrett, a Baylor alumna and member of the libraries' Board of Advisors. Ernest Gaines and David McCullough presented the first two lectures.

Patron tickets including a reception and book signing will be $50. Other ticket costs are general admission, $15; Baylor faculty and staff, $10; and Baylor students, $5. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 16; they may be obtained by calling 254-710-7249 or by going to the web site.

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, called the greatest leaders of 'the greatest generation,' are the focus of Meacham's book, published in 2003 by Random House. Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation wrote: 'This is at once an important, insightful, and highly entertaining portrait of two men at the peak of their powers who, through their genius, common will, and uncommon friendship, saved the world. Jon Meaham's Franklin and Winston takes its place in the front ranks of all that has been written about these two great men.'

Meacham's new sources - including unpublished letters of FDR's secret love, the papers of Pamela Churchill Harriman, and interviews with the few surviving people who were in FDR and Churchill's joint company - shed new light on the characters of both men. Meacham calls the book 'a portrait of what I believe to be the 'most fascinating friendship of modern times.'

Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn., Meacham graduated cum laude from the University of the South and went to work as a reporter for The Chattanooga Times. He soon became an editor of The Washington Monthly and two years later was hired by Newsweek as a national affairs writer. As managing editor at 34, he oversees Newsweek's coverage of politics, international affairs and breaking news. The New York Times has called him 'one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business.'

An eloquent speaker and a skilled raconteur, Meacham understands important issues and events in all of their complexity and how they impact our lives.

Sponsors for this year's lecture are Collen A. Clark, Central National Bank, Mr. and Mrs. William F. Wardlaw, Mr. and Mrs. L. Theodore Getterman Jr., Community Bank & Trust, Waco Tribune-Herald, Baylor University Department of Journalism and the Waco Hilton.

For more information on the event contact Mary Goolsby, 254-710-7249.