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Bob Scheiffer postpones ACU visit

For immediate release
March 17, 2003

Bob Schieffer won't be coming to lunch at Abilene Christian University after all, at least not for a while.

CBS' chief political analyst spoke by phone with Dr. Cheryl M. Bacon, chair of ACU's Journalism and Mass Communication Department, twice last week as deadlines for war were making the headlines.

"With the advent of war in Iraq, CBS News wants him to remain in Washington and of course that's where he should be at a time like this," Bacon said.

She said Schieffer will reschedule for the fall and the two have already identified a tentative date in early November.

Ticket sales had been swift for the event that had been scheduled for March 24 in ACU's Teague Special Events Center. Bacon said she was anticipating a crowd of about 400 for the lunch, including perhaps 200 students. Proceeds from the luncheon were to have jointly benefited the JMC program at ACU and the Legal Defense Fund of the Society of Professional Journalists. That plan will remain in place for the fall event.

Bacon had purchased lunch with Schieffer during the Defense Fund benefit auction at the SPJ national convention in Fort Worth.

"We are getting a mailing out this week to let everyone who was invited know about this change of plans," Bacon said. "Of course, we will be happy to reimburse anyone who already has sent in money, but we hope they will just let us save them a seat for lunch with Bob in the fall."

Bacon said she is confident Schieffer will have even more behind-the-scenes stories to share with the audience when he comes.

Schieffer's book, "This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV," is on the New York Times Best Seller List and recounts many of the major events he has covered since beginning his career in radio in his hometown of Fort Worth in the 1960s.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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