The Heart of the Deal: LBOs and Corporate America
GEORGE ROBERTS '66 P'93
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1989 4:00 p.m., McKENNA AUDITORIUM
George Roberts, founding partner in the investment banking firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., delivers a talk
entitled "The Heart of the Deal: LBOs and Corporate America," on Thursday, November 2, at 4:00 p.m. in
Roberts graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 1966, and earned his law degree from Hastings
School of Law. In 1976 Roberts, Henry Kravis '67, and Jerome Kohlberg left Bear Stearns & Co. to form Kohlberg Kravis
Roberts & Co. KKR has since become the world's leading specialist in leveraged buyouts. Among KKR's major
acquisitions are Safeway Stores, Duracell Batteries, Beatrice Foods, Motel 6, and R.J. Reynolds/Nabisco.
Roberts is a trustee of Claremont McKenna College.
FRANK DEL OLMO
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1989
Dan Walters, a long-time California journalist and author of The New California: Facing the 21st Century (1986), will serve on a press panel at the Rose
Institute Board of Governors' dinner, following a day-long conference on local representation. Mr. Walters joined
the Sacramento Union's capitol bureau in 1975 and eventually became bureau chief. In 1984 he moved to the Sacramento Bee. His column on California politics appears in
newspapers throughout the state.
Joining Mr. Walters on the panel is Frank del Olmo.
An editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times, Mr. del
Olmo received his B.A. in journalism from Cal State
Northridge, where he was both overall outstanding
graduating senior and outstanding graduating senior in
journalism. He received the Pulitzer Prize gold medal
for meritorious public service for his series, "Southern
California's Latino Community." The dinner is not open
for reservations, but individuals are urged to attend the
panel discussion, which begins at 7:00.
Born on the Fourth of July
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1989
Director Oliver Stone is making good his promise to
Ron Kovic, a fellow ex-grunt and Purple Heart
recipient, to tell the disabled Vietnam veteran's story.
The vow came nine years before Stone's 1987 Platoon,
the wildly successful story of his Vietnam War. Born on
the Fourth of July (1989) stars Tom Cruise, who plays a Vietnam
vet in a wheelchair who bitterly protests the war in
which he fought. Kovic and Stone collaborated on the
script, and in 1978 co-wrote the first draft, which was
based on a book written by Kovic. Kovic's memories of
their 1978 dream are painful: "Oliver had said to me. If
I ever get the opportunity to direct, if I ever break
through, I'll come back for you.' And he never forgot
that promise ...."
Ron Kovic has been in a wheelchair, paralyzed from
the waist down, ever since his spine was shattered by
North Vietnamese bullets in a fire fight not far from the
DMZ, near the Cua Viet river. Toward the end of the
war, he was frequently seen on TV angrily denouncing
the Vietnam War as a "crime" and the U.S. government's treatment of its disabled Vietnam veterans. "I would tell them . . . that we must never let what
happened in Vietnam happen again."
If you would like to attend the 5:30 reception and 6:00
dinner, please return the attached coupon. The lecture
begins at 7:00.
An Evening with Ray Bradbury
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1989
The Athenaeum is proud to present Ray
Bradbury, who has been dubbed "the World's
Greatest Literary Writer." In the literary field,
however, he is also emerging as an equally gifted
poet, and it is in this capacity that he will speak at
CMC. He is the second in the Athenaeum's
American poets series.
Mr. Bradbury has published 23 books-novels and
collections of stories, poems, and plays. His books
include The Martian Chronicles (1950), Fahrenheit 451 (1953), The
Golden Apples of the Sun and Other Stories (1953), and Long after Midnight (1976). He
has written screenplays for It Came from Outer Space (1953),
The Picasso Summer (1957), I Sing the Body Electric (1969), and
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).
In 1964 Mr. Bradbury founded the Pandemonium
Theater, which has produced many of his plays, including Falling Upward (1988), a comedy about working in
Ireland, and for John Huston on the screenplay of Moby-Dick (1956).
Please join us for his talk in the Athenaeum at
7:00, preceded by a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00.
Poland 1989: Democracy Triumphant?
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1989
Dr. Andrzej Korbonski, a distinguished Polish-American scholar, is the first speaker in the Keck
Center and Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum lecture
series entitled "The Future of Communism in Europe
Dr. Korbonski was born and raised in Poland. During
the Second World War he joined the Polish underground army to fight against Nazi Germany and spent a
year in a prisoner of war camp in Germany. After the
war he received his BS degree in economics from the
University of London and his PhD in public law and
government from Columbia University.
Presently Dr. Korbonski serves as director of the
prestigious Center for Russian and East European
Studies and is a professor of political science at UCLA.
He is also the co-director of the RAND-UCLA Center for
the Study of Soviet International Behavior.
During his most recent visit to Warsaw last August
and September, he observed the historic unfolding of
Poland's domestic and foreign affairs.
His speech begins at 7:00, preceded by a 5:30
reception and 6:00 dinner.
Mid-Life Revisionism and the Ideologies of Aging in Literature
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1989
Margaret Gullette's Safe at Last in the Middle Years:
The Invention of the Midlife Progress Novel: Saul
Bellow, Margaret Drabble, Anne Tyler, John Updike (1988)
celebrates a new kind of novel. Taking issue with the
belief that disillusionment, loss, and despair are the
necessary elements of mid-life, she discovers in contemporary fiction an alternative plot. She reveals an
emerging genre that deals not with fear, but with desire,
and not with youthful despair, but with a wide range of
Dr. Gullette has also written The Art and Craft of
Teaching (1984), and she is now at work on a companion
volume to Safe at Last in the Middle Years about the ways
in which the 19th-century novel formulates the middle
years. Her research and criticism should be of special
interest not only to students of contemporary literature,
women's studies, and American studies and literature,
but also to students of current psychological developmental theory, lifespan studies, and sociology.
Dr. Gullette speaks at 7:00 in the Athenaeum, and her
remarks are preceded by a reception at 5:30 and dinner
Mary Pickford as My Best Girl
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1989
On Thursday evening, November 9, at
7:30 p.m., the newly renovated Mary
Pickford Auditorium (formerly Bauer Lecture
Hall) will be dedicated and named in recognition of a grant from The Mary Pickford
Foundation. The evening program features a
showing of the 1927 My Best Girl, starring
Academy Award winners Mary Pickford and
Buddy Rogers. Mr. Rogers, husband of Mary
Pickford and a trustee of The Mary Pickford
Foundation, will speak following the film
There will not be an open dinner prior to
this event. Individuals are invited to the
movie and Mr. Rogers' remarks. No sign-ups
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1989
Widely acclaimed for his controversial and truthful
coverage of the Vietnam War during his years in
Saigon as bureau chief for United Press International
and later as correspondent for The New York Times,
journalist Neil Sheehan has remained obsessed with the
paradoxes of the United States' involvement in the
Vietnam War. It took 16 years for Mr. Sheehan to write
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in
Vietnam (1988), which has been called the most important book
ever written about Vietnam.
Neil Sheehan graduated from Harvard in 1958.
Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army for
three years, working as a newsman in Korea and Tokyo.
Upon leaving the army in 1962, he took a full-time job
with UPI in Vietnam, becoming the Saigon bureau chief
and their third, full-time American correspondent.
There he learned to develop his own sources, rather
than taking official statements at their face value, and
often accompanied troops into battle to gain first-hand
information. Lt. Col. John Paul Vann, on whom
Sheehan would later focus A Bright Shining Lie, offered
outspoken views about the established military policy;
Vann was a valuable source of information to the news
correspondents covering the war.
In 1971 Sheehan played a role in the publication by
The New York Times of the Pentagon Papers, which
elucidated the history of American involvement in
Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. Although the Times received
the Pulitzer Prize, in the public service category in 1972,
for the publication of the papers, Sheehan received no
recognition for his role. In 1973 Neil Sheehan took a three-year leave of
absence from The New York Times to write A Bright
Shining Lie. He received numerous fellowships to fund
his work, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, and a fellowship from the
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Critics were effusive in their praise of A Bright Shining
Lie, citing its immense power. For his work Sheehan
won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award in
nonfiction, and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.
Although he sees the Vietnam War as a tragic mistake,
Sheehan believes that America's involvement might
have prevented a greater tragedy later on. Unlike earlier
American soldiers, "the Vietnam veteran brought home
a different kind of wisdom. He learned that you can
fight a bad war, that you can get killed for nothing, that
it's a complicated world. This wisdom is necessary to a
country over the long run. In that sense, Vietnam can be
a very good experience for America, and to some extent
it already has been."
If you would like to join Neil Sheehan for a 5:30
reception and 6:00 dinner, please complete and return
the attached coupon to the Athenaeum. The lecture
begins at 7:00.
Vietnam: 25 Years Later
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1989
Robert Scalapino is Robson Research Professor of
Government and director of the Institute of East
Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
He is also editor of Asian Survey, a scholarly, monthly
publication that circulates throughout the U.S. and
Dr. Scalapino has written numerous books and
articles on Asian politics and U.S.-Asian policy. His
most recent books are Asia and the Road Ahead (1975), The
Foreign Policy of Modern Japan (1977), The United States and Korea:
Looking Ahead (1979), The Japanese Communist Movement, 1920-1966 (1967), Modern
China and Its Revolutionary Process (1985), and Major Power
Relations in Northeast Asia (1987).
Dr. Scalapino has visited Vietnam many times since
1958. He believes that the devastating and tragic results
that one sees in Vietnam today are the outcome of the
non-communists losing the war, and that U.S. policies
contributed to that loss.
Come and be part of the last lecture in our series on
"The Myths and Realities of the Vietnam War." Please
use the coupon for your dinner reservation.
Fukuyama's-The End of History?
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1989
The Claremont Philosophy Colloquium presents
Clark Kucheman and Harry Jaffa as the first
speakers in the "Philosophy and . .." series. The series,
which is designed to demonstrate the connection
between the approaches of philosophy and other
disciplines to contemporary issues.
Professors Kucheman and Jaffa of CMC will discuss
Francis Fukuyama's recent, controversial article, "The
End of History?" (1989). Fukuyama claims that the rational end
of history has arrived, but in the ideals of the liberal
West, not in communism, as Marx predicted.
Kucheman and Jaffa will discuss whether we have or,
indeed, can reach the end of history. Copies of the
article and responses, which appeared in The National
Interest, are available at the Athenaeum.
The discussion begins at 7:00, following a 5:30
reception and 6:00 dinner. Please return the enclosed
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1989
The Sunday brunch extravaganza is here
again! This year's second Sunday brunch
takes place on November 5 at 11:00. Sunday
brunch only comes once a month and is extremely popular, so it fills up quickly. Return
the enclosed coupon as soon as possible, so as
not to miss this delectable event. Sunday
brunch is limited to CMC students and one
guest per student. CMC faculty and staff are
also invited to attend.