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Date(s) - 05/30/2014
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

University Club of Washington

1135 16th Street NW

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Great Washington Writers Series Proudly Presents:

ThumbSamuel Alito, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court; David Brooks, columnist, The New York Times, and Tim Kurkjian, ESPN baseball analyst, George Will, nationally syndicated columnist and Fox News analyst, and Christine Brennan, USA Today Columnist and ABC-Sports/ESPN Commentator, discussing:

“Let’s Talk Baseball”

With Moderator Talmage Boston of Dallas, Texas, author of “Baseball and the Baby Boomer.”

12-Noon Luncheon
University Club of Washington
1135 16th Street, NW

Questions: 619-249-6379




Event Sponsor: The Great Fenway Park Writers Series


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Samuel Alito — Biographical a Brief

Alito 9264-001Justice Alito was born in Trenton, New Jersey, April 1, 1950. He married Martha-Ann Bomgardner in 1985, and has two children – Philip and Laura.

He served as a law clerk for Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1976–1977. He was Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1977–1981, Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1981–1985, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1985–1987, and U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1987–1990.

He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1990.

President George W. Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat January 31, 2006.

The Justice is a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.

David Brooks — Biographical Brief

BrooksDavid Brooks’s column on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times started in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on “The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.” He is the author of “Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There” and “On Paradise Drive : How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense,” both published by Simon & Schuster.

Mr. Brooks joined The Weekly Standard at its inception in September 1995, having worked at The Wall Street Journal for the previous nine years. His last post at the Journal was as op-ed editor. Prior to that, he was posted in Brussels, covering Russia, the Middle East, South Africa and European affairs. His first post at the Journal was as editor of the book review section, and he filled in for five months as the Journal’s movie critic.

Mr. Brooks graduated from the University of Chicago in 1983, and worked as a police reporter for the City News Bureau, a wire service owned jointly by the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times.

He is also a frequent analyst on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and the “Diane Rehm Show.” His articles have appeared in the The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, the Washington Post, the TLS, Commentary, The Public Interest and many other magazines. He is editor of the anthology “Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing” (Vintage Books).

Mr. Brooks is a lifelong fan of the New York Mets.

Tim Kurkjian — Biographical Brief

TimforSiteTim Kurkjian joined ESPN in March 1998 as both a reporter for Baseball Tonight and a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.

Kurkjian has an extensive background in covering baseball. He was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated from 1989-1997 as well as a reporter for CNN-SI from 1996-1997.

He began covering baseball as the Texas Rangers beat writer for the Dallas Morning News where he worked from 1981 to 1985. Kurkjian then covered the Baltimore Orioles for the Baltimore Sun beginning in 1986 before moving on to Sports Illustrated in 1989.

His journalism career began with the Washington Star in 1978 following his graduation from the University of Maryland in the same year. He also worked briefly for the Baltimore News American in 1981 prior to covering the Rangers.


Talmage Boston — Biographical Brief

Talmage Boston_NEWTalmage Boston has practiced law as a commercial trial and appellate litigator in Dallas, Texas, since 1978. He has been board certified in Civil Trial Law since 1988, as well as board certified in Civil Appellate Law since 1990, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Since 1997, he’s been a shareholder at Winstead PC. He has been recognized inTexas Monthly as a “Texas Super Lawyer” every year from 2003-2013.  He has also been recognized among the “Best Lawyers in America,” and “Top 100 Attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth Region.”

A leader of both the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association, Talmage has served as a State Bar of Texas director, as well as chair of the State Bar Litigation Section, Council of Chairs, and Annual Meeting Planning Committee.  He has also served as the Dallas Bar Association advisory director and chair of the Dallas Bar’s Business Litigation Section.  For his service, he received Presidential Citations from State Bar of Texas presidents every year from 2005 to 2011, and from the Dallas Bar Association president in 2009.

In addition to maintaining his full-time law practice, Talmage has written Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society (TexasBarBooks 2012), which includes a foreward by Dick Thornburgh, former Attorney General of the United States under Presidents Reagan and Bush, and dust jacket endorsements from former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III; former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson; CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin; Baylor University President Ken Starr; and lawyer turned best-selling novelist Richard North Patterson.

Talmage has also written two critically acclaimed baseball history books, 1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point (foreword by John Grisham, Bright Sky Press, 2005) and Baseball and the Baby Boomer(foreword by Frank DeFord, Bright Sky Press, 2009), and has been inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame as a Media Member.

In recent years, Talmage has become one of the best known onstage public interviewers in Dallas, conducting interviews in front of large audiences with the likes of Henry Kissinger, David McCullough, Michael Lewis, Ken Burns, Douglas Brinkley, Jeffrey Toobin, Richard North Patterson, Frank Deford, and Tom Seaver.

Talmage’s articles and editorials on legal issues have appeared in The National Law Journal, Texas Lawyer, Dallas Morning News, and Dallas Business Journal.

Talmage and his wife Claire live in Dallas, Texas, and have a son and a daughter.

GFW headshot - credit Victoria Will

A Nice Little Place on the North Side

George F. Will is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with a twice-weekly syndicated column that appears in nearly five hundred newspapers. He is a Fox News contributor and the author of thirteen books, including Men at Work, With a Happy Eye But . . . , Bunts, The Woven Figure, and One Man’s America. His latest book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, released this spring, chronicles the ups and downs of the Chicago Cubs and their legendary ballpark. George Will is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and the Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

brennanJournalist Christine Brennan - USA Today sports columnist and ABC/ESPN television sports analyst – is a leading voice on the Olympics, international sports, women`s sports and other sports issues.

Brennan, a staff writer at The Washington Post from 1984-96, was an on-air commentator for ABC News and ESPN television during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, breaking the news of the pairs figure skating scandal at the Games. She also worked for ABC News during the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Brennan has appeared on a variety of network and cable shows over the past decade, including ESPN`s SportsCenter, Nightline, Good Morning America, World News Tonight and NBC`s Today show. A commentator on National Public Radio`s Morning Edition, Brennan appears regularly on ESPN Radio and WMAL Radio in Washington, D.C.

Her sports commentaries appear on-line at usatoday.com. Brennan, who joined USA Today as a columnist in 1997, became the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins in 1985 as a staff writer at The Washington Post. At the Post, she covered the Olympics and international sports, reporting from many nations, including Cuba and the former Soviet Union. Brennan has covered every Olympics since the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Prior to joining the Post, Brennan was the first woman sports writer at The Miami Herald, where she worked from 1981-84.

The author of four books, Brennan has won the Women`s Sports Foundation`s journalism award four times, and her work has been featured in various sports anthologies. Her 1998 book Edge of Glory won an Ohioana Library Association book award. In 1993, she was named the Capital Press Women`s “Woman of Achievement.” She recently was named one of the top 10 sports columnists in the category of the nation`s largest newspapers by the Associated Press Sports Editors for 2001.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Brennan was inducted into the Ohio Women`s Hall of Fame in 1995. She graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1976. In 1988, Brennan was elected the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media. As president of the nationwide organization, she initiated a scholarship-internship program for college-age women that now honors six students annually. Brennan received undergraduate and master`s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University in 1980 and 1981, respectively. She lives in Washington, D.C.


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