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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF The New York Times contributed to this article | June 5, 1996
Walter W. Morrison, a former speech writer and policy adviser for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, died of complications of diabetes and kidney failure May 17 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 59.Mr. Morrison framed many of the civil rights organization's responses to Reagan and Bush administration policies between 1986 and 1992, when he served as a top aide to the now-retired NAACP executive director, the Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | August 23, 2002
With a combined $7.3 million in their campaign checking accounts, Maryland's leading candidates for governor will eventually wash the state in television commercials and glossy brochures. But so far, Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. are spending money in ways voters will never notice. Townsend is assembling a well-compensated team of professionals - including a Rhodes scholar and former Clinton speech writer who was paid $67,500 to create a "blueprint" of positions on the issues.
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By Jonathan Weisman and Jonathan Weisman,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1998
Christina Macy, a longtime assistant speech writer for Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, has assumed the mantle of senior speech writer to first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.It is quite a jump, from the part-time, No. 2 word-spinner in a mayoral office to the top speech-writing slot in the first lady's wing of the White House. Macy had been with Schmoke since 1988."I don't think it will be all that difficult for her as for the subject matter," said Harriet Scarupa, the mayor's chief speech writer and Macy's former boss.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2001
It wasn't about race relations, welfare reform or foreign policy, but J. Terry Edmonds probably spent a considerable amount of time on a speech he delivered yesterday at Southside Academy in Cherry Hill. After all, it's not every day that the former chief speech writer for former President Bill Clinton gives a speech "at home." Edmonds, 51, grew up poor in southern Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood. He shared that and other details with Southside students in a speech that included original poetry and snippets from the eulogy he wrote for Clinton to deliver at the funeral of Texas Rep. Barbara Jordan.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1995
Columbian J. Terry Edmonds' ability to write compassionately about welfare families and the elderly -- and his flair for producing sound bites -- have led him from South Baltimore's housing projects to the White House, where he is believed to be the first black presidential speech writer.Drawing from his experience growing up in Cherry Hill and other working-class, predominantly black Baltimore neighborhoods, Mr. Edmonds has played a leading role in trying to heal the nation's racial divisions as a member of the five-person staff writing President Clinton's domestic policy speeches.
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September 27, 1991
Billy Vaughn, a big-band musician who prospered through the beginning of rock 'n' roll with such hits as "Melody of Love" and "A Swingin' Safari," died of cancer yesterday in Escondido, Calif. He was 72. Mr. Vaughn began his career as a singer with the Hilltoppers in the early 1950s. He moved on to become a composer, arranger and big band leader with Paramount Recording Studios. His band's recording of "Melody of Love" went to No. 2 on the charts in 1955.Hugh Morrow, a speech writer and public relations adviser to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, died Wednesday at his home in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. It was his 76th birthday.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | July 6, 1995
I GOT a letter and article in the mail. "My name is Gerald Davenport," it begins, "and I am currently looking into running for President, as well as forming a new political party."Well, why not? Everybody else is.My problem with Gerald's candidacy is that he needs a good speech writer. "I am faxing to all the different newspapers around the country in hopes of getting an article I've wrote printed." So I would say to Gerald that the first thing he'd better do is hire a speech writer who knows the difference between "wrote" and "written."
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By Tim Warren and Tim Warren,Sun Book Editor | June 27, 1994
Washington -- On June 6, when President Clinton stood at the U.S. Military Cemetery in Colleville-Sur-Mer, France, to give his commemorative D-Day speech, Eric Liu was in the audience, listening to the president read words that this young Yale graduate himself had written."
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 1, 1994
Washington--Imagine being a White House speech writer working on President Clinton's addresses for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Imagine knowing, or at least suspecting, that your very best effort still might be only the second-best D-Day remembrance speech ever.These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.These are the words of Peggy Noonan. Delivered by President Reagan on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, it's a tough act to follow.
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By David Kusnet and David Kusnet,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 20, 1998
David Kusnet was President Clinton's chief speech writer during the general election campaign in 1992 and the first two years of the administration. In February 1996, he wrote an article for The ,, Sun contending that "Anonymous," the author of "Primary Colors," was Joe Klein. Currently, Kusnet is a visiting fellow at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington.The first time I met Bill Clinton was in a crowded hotel room in Los Angeles, a few hours before he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | April 20, 2000
WASHINGTON -- On the wall of Edward L. Widmer's office in the Old Executive Office Building next to the White House is a picture of President Clinton standing on a stage before a half-million people in a stadium in Ghana in 1998. It was the biggest crowd Clinton ever addressed, and his speech was crafted by Widmer -- heady stuff for a historian who probably once thought his words were destined to be heard by a couple dozen people in a seminar at a history conference. Ted Widmer, a soft-spoken 37-year-old who, as special assistant to the president, writes Clinton's foreign policy speeches, was named the first director of the C. V. Starr Center for the American Experience at Washington College yesterday.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 9, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Christina Macy spent many nights sleeping on the little couch in her office and still more riding the early morning train to Washington for a job she adored. But after more than a year and a half as a top speech-writer for Hillary Rodham Clinton, she has decided to call it quits.Macy, a former speech-writer for Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, left the domain that staffers call "Hillaryland" late last month, saying the long commute had exhausted her and the brutal hours made family life almost impossible.
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By David Kusnet and David Kusnet,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 20, 1998
David Kusnet was President Clinton's chief speech writer during the general election campaign in 1992 and the first two years of the administration. In February 1996, he wrote an article for The ,, Sun contending that "Anonymous," the author of "Primary Colors," was Joe Klein. Currently, Kusnet is a visiting fellow at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington.The first time I met Bill Clinton was in a crowded hotel room in Los Angeles, a few hours before he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992.
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By Jonathan Weisman and Jonathan Weisman,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1998
Christina Macy, a longtime assistant speech writer for Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, has assumed the mantle of senior speech writer to first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.It is quite a jump, from the part-time, No. 2 word-spinner in a mayoral office to the top speech-writing slot in the first lady's wing of the White House. Macy had been with Schmoke since 1988."I don't think it will be all that difficult for her as for the subject matter," said Harriet Scarupa, the mayor's chief speech writer and Macy's former boss.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF The New York Times contributed to this article | June 5, 1996
Walter W. Morrison, a former speech writer and policy adviser for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, died of complications of diabetes and kidney failure May 17 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 59.Mr. Morrison framed many of the civil rights organization's responses to Reagan and Bush administration policies between 1986 and 1992, when he served as a top aide to the now-retired NAACP executive director, the Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks.
NEWS
By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1995
Columbian J. Terry Edmonds' ability to write compassionately about welfare families and the elderly -- and his flair for producing sound bites -- have led him from South Baltimore's housing projects to the White House, where he is believed to be the first black presidential speech writer.Drawing from his experience growing up in Cherry Hill and other working-class, predominantly black Baltimore neighborhoods, Mr. Edmonds has played a leading role in trying to heal the nation's racial divisions as a member of the five-person staff writing President Clinton's domestic policy speeches.
NEWS
By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | August 23, 2002
With a combined $7.3 million in their campaign checking accounts, Maryland's leading candidates for governor will eventually wash the state in television commercials and glossy brochures. But so far, Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. are spending money in ways voters will never notice. Townsend is assembling a well-compensated team of professionals - including a Rhodes scholar and former Clinton speech writer who was paid $67,500 to create a "blueprint" of positions on the issues.
NEWS
October 7, 1990
From: George KoppBel AirThe general election to be held on Nov. 6, 1990, should have the attention and concern of all the citizens of Maryland -- in particular the gubernatorial race.Governor William Donald Schaefer for a number of years has been an integral part of the group that has levied the outrageous taxes on the people of Baltimore City and the entire state of Maryland.Gov. Schaefer has spent the state surplus of hundreds of millions of dollars and has now caused a deficit. Now he wants to increase our taxes.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | July 6, 1995
I GOT a letter and article in the mail. "My name is Gerald Davenport," it begins, "and I am currently looking into running for President, as well as forming a new political party."Well, why not? Everybody else is.My problem with Gerald's candidacy is that he needs a good speech writer. "I am faxing to all the different newspapers around the country in hopes of getting an article I've wrote printed." So I would say to Gerald that the first thing he'd better do is hire a speech writer who knows the difference between "wrote" and "written."
FEATURES
By Tim Warren and Tim Warren,Sun Book Editor | June 27, 1994
Washington -- On June 6, when President Clinton stood at the U.S. Military Cemetery in Colleville-Sur-Mer, France, to give his commemorative D-Day speech, Eric Liu was in the audience, listening to the president read words that this young Yale graduate himself had written."
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