Steve Forbes to Speak at Baylor April 27

March 16, 2000

Steve Forbes, former Republican presidential candidate and business magazine editor who popularized the idea of a "flat tax," will visit Baylor University on Thursday, April 27, as part of the President's Forum lecture series. His speech will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferrell Center.

Tickets for the general public are priced at $25 for floor seats, $15 for the lower arena and $10 for the upper arena. Baylor faculty and staff can purchase floor seats for $20, lower arena seats for $10 and upper arena seats for $5. Baylor student tickets are priced at $20 for floor seats, $5 for lower arena and $3 for upper arena. Tickets are required for all seats; tickets will go on sale March 20 in the Bill Daniel Student Center ticket office.

A native of Morristown, N.J., Forbes received his bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University in 1970. At Princeton, he was the founding editor of Business Today, which became the country's largest magazine published by students for students, with a circulation of 200,000. The magazine continues to be published by Princeton undergraduates.

As president and CEO of Forbes Inc., and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine since 1990, he has expanded Forbes Inc. with the launch of several publications. These include the lifestyle supplement Forbes FYI; the technology supplement Forbes ASAP; a Japanese-language edition of Forbes; the Gilder Technology Report; Forbes Global Business & Finance, the magazine's new international edition that debuted in March 1998; Forbes Digital Tool, an online business magazine; and American Legacy, a publication that focuses on the people shaping African-American history and culture.

The widely esteemed economic prognosticator also is a four-time winner of the prestigious Crystal Owl award as the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved to be most accurate.

A GOP presidential candidate before withdrawing in February, Forbes' campaign was credited by several national media publications, including the Wall Street Journal, for its influence on the national debate. Key to Forbes' platform was a flat tax, a new Social Security system of personal retirement accounts for young people, medical savings accounts and parental control of education. He continues to promote his agenda as the honorary chairman of the grassroots organization, "Americans for Hope, Growth and Opportunity." Forbes also served for three years as chairman of the board of directors of Empower America, a political reform organization founded by Jack Kemp, Bill Bennett and Jeane Kirkpatrick.

A businessman also known for his views on foreign policy and national security issues, Forbes was named chairman of the bipartisan Board for International Broadcasting in 1985 by President Reagan. As chairman, he oversaw the operation of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, whose broadcasts were praised by Poland's Lech Walesa as being critical to the struggle against communism. Forbes was reappointed to the post by President George Bush and served until April 1993.

Forbes currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, as well as The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute and the National Taxpayers Union. He also is on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Forbes and his wife, Sabina, have five daughters: Roberta, Sabina, Catherine, Moira and Elizabeth.

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