Wednesday noon
  April 23, 2014


 Hedrick Smith
 "Who Stole the
  American Dream?"

  Grand Hyatt
  721 Pine St.

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ImageHedrick Smith
Who Stole the American Dream?

Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, has established himself over the past 50 years of his career as one of America’s most distinguished journalists.

In 26 years with The New York Times, Mr. Smith covered Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights struggle, the Vietnam War in Saigon, the Middle East conflict from Cairo, the Cold War from both Moscow and Washington, and six American presidents and their administrations. In 1971, as chief diplomatic correspondent, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced the Pentagon Papers series. In 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe.

His book The Russians, based on his years as New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief from 1971-74, was a No. 1 American best-seller. It has been translated into 16 languages and has been widely used in university and college courses. His next book, The Power Game: How Washington Works, was also a major best-seller. It became a bible for newly elected members of Congress and their staffs and was bedside reading for President Clinton. His newest book, Who Stole the American Dream?  published in September 2012 , has been hailed by critics for brilliant analsysis of political and economic trends and changes in the U.S. over the past 30-40 years.

For PBS since 1989, Hedrick Smith has created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series on such varied topics as terrorism, Wall Street, Soviet perestroika,Wal-Mart, Enron, tax evasion, educational reform, health care, the environment, jazz greats Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck, and Washington’s power game.

Over 25 years, PBS viewers saw Hedrick Smith as a principal panelist on Washington Week in Review and as a special correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Mr. Smith has received seven honorary doctorate degrees.

PLUS a special short program on the power of chess:  Hear the story of 16-year-old Phiona Mutesi, who went from the slums of Uganda to become a world-class chess player.

ImageStages of Life Reflections &
Things Get Better as We Grow Older

by Pete DeLaunay

Rotarians learned from four of their own with personal perspectives on their stage of life and from an expert about the unexpected pleasures of growing older. 
The day’s short program was orchestrated by fellow Rotarian Sue Nixon who said ‘each one of us has been young and lucky enough to grow old’ as she introduced four Seattle Rotarians who each spoke briefly about their current stage in life and aging: a millennial, two boomers and a traditionalist.  They were followed by Wendy Lustbader, M.S.W., for the day’s main program who described how life improves as we get older on every level...except the physical.

ImageYoung Rotary leader Lauren Domino came to the podium first as a millennial who described her generation has been plagued by myths.  “My generation is too often characterized as unmotivated ‘trophy kids’ when in fact we are driven, hungry for responsibility and anxious to prove ourselves,” she said. Rotarian and past-president Dorothy Bullitt described middle age as a time of transition when sadness and joy must live together. “It arrived like a storm with several unsettling events,” she said, “that I didn’t fight but surfed to create a happy & healthy life out of the rubble.”  Rotarian Collin Tong said ‘we all must weather storms’ as he described how he and his wife enjoyed a full rich life together until she was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. “I joined a support group that changed my life,” he said, “and inspired me to write a book about caregivers and the disease in hopes that it will provide a roadmap for others -- stories help us see more clearly in the dark.”  Representing ‘traditionalists’ Rotarians heard from Lou Lundquist who joined Seattle Rotary at age 60, 25 years ago.  “Having graduated high school in 1946 I have seen our culture go through profound change,” he said, “but even at an older age we must be willing to say ‘yes’ and take some risks...’A ship is safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for.”

For a transcript of remarks by the four Rotarians, click HERE.

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