Vol. IX, no. 1..........................................WINDOWS............................................Nov. 1996

Friends Host Pre-Election Talk by Paul Boller

by Roger Olson

[Photo of Paul Boller] The timing could not have been more impeccable for the Friends-sponsored address "Campaigning for President: The Great American Shindig," delivered by TCU emeritus professor Paul Boller. Speaking to a gathering in the Library's Main Reading Room on the evening of November 1, Boller focused on current and past presidential campaigns. Professor Boller's fascination with the topic of the United States Presidency was both obvious and infectious, as he drew upon years of research to share his knowledge and insights with the audience. Examining campaigns in a historical context, Boller characterized them in terms of three "s" adjectives: serious, silly, and scurrilous. He also gave examples of words and expressions, commonplace today, that were first introduced to the public during the course of presidential races.

Paul Boller has written extensively about U.S. history and politics, concentrating specifically on the Presidency in several of his books, including: Presidential Wives, Presidential Anecdotes, and Presidential Campaigns. All three titles are published by Oxford University Press. Presidential Anecdotes and Presidential Campaigns are out in new editions, revised as of 1996. Following his talk, Professor Boller autographed copies of the latter book, which were available to audience members for purchase.


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