Tom Brokaw became the 3rd Baker Distinguished Lecturer on Nov. 13, 2013, at 1:30 pm in the Cox Auditorium. Attendees were lined up on Middle Way Drive on a sunny, but cold day, waiting for the doors to open at 1 pm. BDLS patrons arrived by shuttle from the Patron’s luncheon and Sen. Baker and Sen. Kassebaum (Baker) arrived within moments of Mr. Brokaw beginning his talk. He apologized for the brevity of his remarks due to another engagement in NYC and a painful back. But he praised the two Senators and suggested we needed more like Sen. Baker and Sen. Kassebaum, to serve our country today. His remarks covered a listing of what he sees as the “Big Ideas” in his lifetime, a perfect connection to UT’s theme of “Big Orange, Big Ideas.” His primary message was for more citizens to get involved in public service and he suggested Universities launch public service academies, in collaborations with businesses and nonprofits, something the Baker Center has supported since its inception in 2003. The audience of 1000 gave both Tom Brokaw and the Senators a standing ovation and everyone sang Happy Birthday to Sen. Baker at the close of the program. BC Staff presented him with a box of cupcakes in his favorite flavor, chocolate!
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