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Date: October 2, 2003 (03-76)
Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970;
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Course Features Remarkable People in History
Guests Include Former Secret Service Agent, Astronaut, and WWII Veteran 

            Imagine learning history without picking up a book.  That is the way history is taught in a fall non-credit class, “Oral Histories of 20th Century United States,” 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 8William Herron, a World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor   Herron was dressing for church in his Oahu Marine barracks on the morning of December 7, 1941, when the attack began.

October 15 Lanny Davis served as special White House counsel to President Bill Clinton, from 1996-1998.  Davis helped the President survive a 1996 campaign finance scandal.  He was also a law school classmate of President Clinton, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT).

October 22 Jerry Parr was the U.S. Secret Service agent who pushed President Ronald Reagan into a limousine when John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate the president.  As a member of the Secret Service, Parr oversaw the security of President Reagan and President Jimmy Carter, as well as foreign officials, including Yasser Arafat, and Queen Elizabeth.

October 29 Joe Kelly was at Pimlico in 1938 when the underdog thoroughbred, Seabiscuit, and Triple Crown winner, War Admiral, competed in the famous match race, known as the Pimlico Special.  Joe Kelly will share his stories about that race and the personalities that came to life this summer on the silver screen in the movie, “Seabiscuit.”

November 5 Dr. Ron Parise is a veteran of two space shuttle flights.  He flew on the first Columbia voyage in 1990 and again on the Endeavour space shuttle in 1995. 

November 12 ● To be announced

The class, “Oral Histories of 20th Century United States,” meets Wednesday afternoons, starting Oct. 8, from 2-4 p.m. in the South Campus Instructional Building, Room 117, on the College’s Rockville Campus.  Tuition is $70.  For Maryland residents who are 60 years old and older, tuition is $35.  Non-Maryland residents must pay an additional $35.  Each student is invited to bring a guest at no additional charge. 

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

For additional information about the class or registration, contact Gary Hong, director of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Montgomery College, at 240-567-7869 or log on to and click on Continuing Education.

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