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Veteran Time Magazine White House reporter Hugh Sidey to speak at
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Veteran journalist Hugh Sidey, Washington Contributing
Editor for Time Magazine who has been covering presidential politics since
Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House, will visit the University of
Iowa Tuesday, Feb. 10 to speak on the topic, "The Presidency Beyond
War: Cold and Hot."
Sidey's presentation will begin at 8 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the
Iowa Memorial Union and is free and open to the public.
Sidey, an Iowa native, began working at his family's weekly newspaper
in Greenfield, Iowa at the tender age of eight. He left after receiving
his bachelor's degree in journalism from Iowa State College in 1950 and
worked for several newspapers in the Midwest before moving to New York
to work for Life Magazine in 1955. From there he moved to Washington, D.C.
and Time, where he became the White House correspondent and later bureau
From that vantage point, Sidey gained access to presidential history
in a way no other reporter has matched. He was there when President Kennedy
was assassinated in Dallas. He was on board when President Nixon arrived
in China. He wrote about President Carter and the Camp David accords with
Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat. He spoke regularly with President Reagan
and listened as Reagan expressed his bitterness over the Iran-Contra scandal.
He followed President Bush's career from his entry into Congress in 1966
and was the only reporter aboard Air Force One returning the President
to Houston when he left office. And he continues to follow the news surrounding
President Clinton for his Time column, "The Presidency."
The Foreign Relations Council will sponsor a gourmet dessert buffet
preceding Sidey's lecture. It begins at 7 p.m. and will cost $6.50; advance
registrations can be made through the council, 128 International Center,
(319) 335-0351. The lecture is being co-sponsored by the UI School of Journalism
and Mass Communication, UI International Programs, the Iowa City Foreign
Relations Council, Hands Jewelers, Hawkeye State Bank, First National Bank,
Iowa State Bank and Trust, Technigraphics, Inc., George and Mirriel Bedell,
William and Margaret Furlong, William and Patricia Sueppel, Michael J.
Cilek/Coldwell Banker Real Estate Professionals, and McDonald Optical Dispensary,
(Editors note: Sidey will hold a press briefing before his lecture at
3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Old Gold Room of the IMU, which is adjacent to
the Main Lounge.)