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-- Paul Chris Turner '81
Jefferson City, MO

Press Release

June 6, 2002

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Bill Bradley(Jefferson City, MO) -- Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley will accept the 14th Annual George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair and deliver the keynote address at the general assembly of the 63rd session of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri, Inc. on Tuesday evening, June 18th at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.

Senator Bradley will address nearly 1,000 of Missouri's finest high school juniors who are participating in a week-long citizenship and leadership training program sponsored by the Missouri American Legion.

Senator Bradley plans an address entitled "America: The Path Ahead". In his address, Senator Bradley discusses the many changes taking place in our World. Our country's leaders face new challenges brought about by globalization and new technology each day. In his presentation, he describes how change plays out in our economy, in our politics, and in our human relations. He also challenges everyone to search for deeper meaning in their lives.

Senator Bradley has been a national leader for more than thirty years. He is a best-selling author, Olympic Gold Medalist, NBA Champion, Rhodes Scholar, three-term Senator from New Jersey and former candidate for President. His exemplary record in public service and his extraordinary life experiences make him the perfect choice for the George W. Lehr Speakers Chair.

The George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair was established in 1988 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Missouri Boys State program. The Lehr Chair was created to honor the late Missouri State Auditor George W. Lehr, who was a Boys State participant in his youth and a tireless supporter of Missouri Boys State during his public life. The Lehr Chair was designed to assist the Boys State program in bringing the finest names in public service to the yearly Boys State session to interact with its participants.

The American Legion Boys State of Missouri will be held on the campus of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO beginning on Saturday, June 15 and concluding on June 22, 2002. The participants must have completed their junior year in high school and must have distinguished themselves as leaders in their high school and community.

Other speakers scheduled to participate during the week-long program are Missouri Governor Bob Holden, Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof, St. Louis Rams Defensive End Grant Wistrom, Federal Judge Nannette Laughrey and Brigadier General Gerald Minetti of U.S. Central Command MacDill AFB.


George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair

2002 Bill Bradley
Former Presidential Candidate and Former U.S. Senator

2001 William S. Cohen
Former Secretary of Defense

2000 Lisa Myers
National Correspondent for NBC News - Washington

1999 Rev. Emmanuel Cleaver
Minister and Former Mayor of Kansas City

1998 David R. Gergen
Former U.S. Presidential Advisor

1997 William J. Perry
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

1996 Lamar Alexander
Former Presidential Candidate and Former U.S. Secretary of Education

1995 Dr. Robert M. Gates
Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

1994 Paul E. Tsongas
Former Presidential Candidate and Senator from Massachusetts

1993 Edward D. "Chip" Robertson
Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice

1992 Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond
Former MO Attorney General, Governor and current senior U.S. Senator

1991 Thomas DeFrank
Author and White House Correspondent for Newsweek Magazine

1990 Robert F. Hyland
Corporate Vice-President CBS Radio, St. Louis

1989 William Proxmire
Former U. S. Senator from Wisconsin


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