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Senator Fred Thompson to Appear at UT Tyler Cowan Center

September 7, 2011

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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Senator Fred Thompson will open the 30th season of The University of Texas at Tyler Distinguished Lecture Series, Susan Thomae-Morphew, executive director of the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, announced.

The lecture series features the Drs. Lawrence L. Anderson and Svetislava J. Vukelja Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Cowan Center. The post lecture reception sponsor is Mills Bays Wealth Consulting Group. Media sponsors for this event are Suddenlink, CBS 19 and KTBB.

Tickets are $17, $22, $27, $32 and $37 and can be purchased online at www.cowancenter.org, by phone at 903.566.7424 or at the box office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

“We proudly welcome Senator Thompson to open our 15th anniversary season of the Cowan Center. Senator Thompson has a diverse career including working as an attorney, lobbyist, columnist, radio host and actor,” said Thomae-Morphew. “He will share his long service record in politics and address current affairs during the question and answer interaction following his remarks.”

In 1973, he was minority counsel on the Senate Watergate Committee and is reputed to have first asked the question, “What did the President know, and when did he know it?” This question is said to have helped frame the hearings that eventually led to the fate of President Richard Nixon.

Thompson has served the U.S. Senate representing his home state of Tennessee from 1994-2002 after winning a special election and then being re-elected to a full term in 1996.

He helped introduce President George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention in 2004.

Prior to serving in the Senate, Thompson worked for 17 years as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. representing such clients as Westinghouse, General Electric and the Tennessee Savings and Loan League.

After becoming an actor, Thompson appeared in Oliver Stone’s “JKF” and the NBC series “Law and Order.”

In September 2007, he announced his bid for president of the United States on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and later withdrew from the race in January 2008.

In 2010 Thompson released his book Teaching a Pig to Dance: A Memoir of Growing Up and Second Chances.

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 Last Published 9/7/11