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August 3, 1988
I really do admire The Times conscientious efforts to present a balanced view of things . . . and to win back some of those subscribers you lose every time Conrad does one of his Reagan cartoons, but please be mindful of the public health. That piece you ran in defense of Meese by his former speech writer--or his mom, I forget which one--cried out for a warning from the surgeon general. While reading it, I practically choked to death on my brie. DAN RILEY Thousand Oaks
December 1, 1986 | From Associated Press
Gary Allen, whose books "None Dare Call It Conspiracy" and "Tax Target: Washington" articulated conservative goals for the last two decades, died Saturday of a liver ailment. He was 50. Allen died at Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, hospital spokesman Don Brackenbury said. "He was the great popularizer of the conservative cause," said W. Scott Stanley, editor in chief of the Washington-based Conservative Digest.
September 28, 1997
With regard to Ken Khachigian's comments in the Sept. 14 edition, I hardly know where to begin. There are--believe it or not--some people who actually live in Orange County who never, yes, never, voted for Ronald Reagan for anything. There are people who do not believe in the "dribble down" theory of income redistribution or in building huge budget deficits. He will get the credit as there will be no problem remembering Ronald Reagan for many years as we pay down the deficit. It seems to me that the comments of this former speech writer would be much better put to use if offered at fund-raisers and political conventions, or perhaps an infomercial.
Robert F. Kennedy's most enduring monument stands in Brooklyn. In February, 1966, Kennedy toured Bedford-Stuyvesant, a huge rundown section of the city. Residents, tired of routine visits by politicians, expressed their anger. Kennedy returned, and with former Republican Sen. Jacob K. Javits, founded the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corp.--a community development model that has been copied throughout the United States and the world.
Every action in the past year--every handshake, every airport rally, every bus trip, every pancake breakfast--has been building to this moment, when George W. Bush steps on stage here tonight, locks eyes on the TelePrompTer and begins to speak. The Texas governor has described himself as "not nervous but . . . anxious" about the speech he will give when he accepts the Republican nomination for president. Truth be told, he has the right to feel both.
September 28, 1987 | ROSS K. BAKER, Ross K. Baker is a professor of political science at Rutgers University. Over the past 15 years he has worked as a speech writer for several U.S. senators. and
Napoleon once boasted that every French soldier carried in his knapsack the baton of a field marshal. In like manner, every speech writer believes that his pen contains the words for another Kennedy Inaugural. Robert Shrum, who has written speeches for a number of presidential hopefuls, conceded that he had been trying out for the role of Kennedy speech writer Theodore Sorensen ever since the age of 16.
January 17, 1993 | Mark Davis, Mark Davis wrote foreign-policy speeches for the first two years of the Bush Administration.
To judge George Bush, one must first know who he wanted to be. A few weeks into his Administration, the President chatted with his new speech writers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. One of the first questions asked was, "Who's your personal hero?" Surprising many of us, he turned up his nose at Winston Churchill--not so much at the man as at the tired Churchillian anecdotes and shopworn quotes.
April 16, 1989 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
William Attwood, writer, ambassador and publisher who in a four-decade career chronicled the Cold War as a reporter, worked for John F. Kennedy as a speech writer and held secret meetings with Fidel Castro as a diplomat, has died in New Canaan, Conn., at the age of 69. Attwood, who died at home Friday of heart failure, was publisher of Newsday, the Long Island, N.Y., newspaper, from 1970 to 1978. He had served Presidents Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson as U.S. ambassador to Guinea and Kenya.
September 13, 1987 | DONNIE RADCLIFFE, The Washington Post
He has put his best lines into other people's mouths. You may remember some of them: "I'd never wear a crown. It messes up your hair."-- Nancy Reagan at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner in October, 1981. "It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?"-- Ronald Reagan at the Gridiron Dinner, March, 1987. "I wasn't quite sure what to talk about today.
For 18 years of public life, Bill Clinton has relied on his mastery of words to energize his political career. Tonight, that reliance faces its ultimate test. Clinton aides offer two metaphors to describe their boss' style as a speaker: the jazz musician and the freight train. The jazz musician takes his bows when Clinton is on target. "His speeches are riffs and improvisations," said George Stephanopoulos, the campaign's communications director.
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