March 21 Lunch Speakers:

Dan Rather in conversation with Gary Paul Gates

Dan Rather in conversation with Gary Paul Gates

Dan Rather knows what it means to take on a President of the United States. He’s been doing it since the time of Richard Nixon, when that president had him at the top of his enemy’s list. If there were any such honor today, Dan would doubtless be there again. From White House correspondent to anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News With Dan Rather, where he reigned for 24 years (the last chapter of a four-decade saga at the network) this eternally enduring figure of television news and national politics has never been far from the action. Now, reborn on the web, with a whole new generation of audiences, he’s back again stronger than ever.  With some 2.7 million followers, his Facebook page has become a vivid thread of the American tapestry. Throughout, he’s also never strayed far from his Texas hill country roots and down-home humor.

We have the good fortune to welcome, as Dan’s interlocutor, his distinguished news writer and co-author of his amazing book, “The Palace Guard,” the Silurians’ own Gary Paul Gates. Their relationship, as Gary has written, dates back to the fall of 1970. By then, wrote Gary, Dan “was already making a big name for himself as CBS’s White House correspondent, and in recognition of that, he was given a shot at anchoring his own news show.

“I was assigned to write for that broadcast, and right from the start, Dan and I hit it off, both professionally and personally. Our rapport led, in time, to our teaming up on the book we wrote about the forces within the White House that put Nixon on the road to Watergate and the eventual destruction of his presidency, published in October 1974, two months after Nixon’s resignation.”

Rather began his career in print journalism, with the Associated Press. Once he joined CBS in 1962, he began to establish his reputation by covering major events, from the civil rights movement to the Vietnam war and Watergate. It will be a not-to-be missed luncheon, so reserve as soon as possible. 
The date:    Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The time:    Noon  
The place:  National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
Remember:  We are now using Eventbrite to handle our luncheon reservations. David Andelman, our 1st vice-president, is no longer accepting email reservations.  There is no charge to use this service unless you choose to pay in advance for your ticket with a credit card.
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