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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 20, 2003

Author, Columnist Mitch Albom To Speak At UI

Bestselling author, newspaper columnist and radio talk show host Mitch Albom will speak at the University of Iowa at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Albom is the author of the recently released novel "The Five People you Meet in Heaven," the story of an old man who fixes amusement park rides and has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. On his 83rd birthday, he is killed in a tragic accident and awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination, but a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, his five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life.

Albom is also the author of "Tuesdays with Morrie," a chronicle of his weekly meetings with a former college professor dying of Lou Gehrig's Disease where the professor taught him to look at life in a different way. The book was later made into an Emmy-winning TV movie and a play.

Albom is also a nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, nationally-syndicated radio host for ABC and flagship station WJR-AM in Detroit, and television commentator who regularly appears on ESPN's Sports Reporters.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,