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Date: August 30, 2004 (04-70) 

Montgomery College Course Features Remarkable People in History
Guests Include Hall of Fame Basketball Coach, Former Pastor for
President Clinton, Political Commentator, and WWII Veterans

            Imagine learning history without picking up a book.  That is the way history is taught in a fall non-credit class, “Conversations with Remarkable People,” offered by Montgomery College’s Lifelong Learning Institute.  The class provides students with the opportunity to meet and talk informally with people who were a part of history or eyewitnesses to historic events. 

This fall’s guests include:

October 11Darryl Hill, a gridiron standout at the University of Maryland in the early 1960s and the first African American football player in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Mr. Hill will discuss the adversity he faced and the situations he encountered when he traveled to the South to play football.

October 18 Henry Haller, who was executive White House chef for presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan.

October 25 Morgan Wootten, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the winningest coach in the history of basketball at any level.  This Montgomery College graduate, class of ’52, will talk about his career on- and off-the-court and his remarkable life, including a dramatic 1996 near-death experience.

November 1 Jane Straughan & Elaine Harmon, former members of World War II’s WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots). Ms. Straughan was a pilot; Ms Harmon was an air traffic controller. They’ll discuss what it was like to be part of a select group of young women who became pioneers and role models during World War II.

November 8 Hon. Anne Kaiser (D), a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, who will speak about her personal decision to speak publicly about her sexual orientation for the first time at a House committee hearing. In addition, she’ll discuss the balance she makes when her personal life and public responsibilities intersect.

November 15 Eleanor Clift, a contributing editor to Newsweek and one of the country’s most well-known and respected political pundits. She’ll discuss the 2004 presidential race, her experiences covering presidential campaigns, and the book she co-authored with her husband, Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling, which examines whether a woman will be president in the near future.

“Conversations with Remarkable People” meets Monday afternoons, from 2-3:30 p.m., in the South Campus Instructional Building, Room 117, on the College’s Rockville Campus.  The class is six sessions, starting Oct. 11.  The cost of the class is $58 for tuition and fees.  For Maryland residents who are 60 years old and older, the cost is only $31 to cover the fee.  Non-Maryland residents must add $50 to the cost of class.  Each student who registers for the class is invited to bring a guest to the class without charge. 

The Lifelong Learning Institute is part of Montgomery College’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education unit.  Its classes, designed for older adults, cover a wide range of subjects, including archaeology, computers, history, home and garden, languages, photography, and writing.   

For more information about “Conversations with Remarkable People,” contact Gary Hong, director of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Montgomery College, at 240-567-7869.  To learn more about registering for the class, call 240-567-5188 or log onto  


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