For Immediate Release: March 20, 2000
Contacts: Edeen Martin
Truman Library and Museum

Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations




- April 25 Event Will Support Harry S. Truman Library Public Programs -

(Independence, Mo.) – Fifty years ago when President Harry Truman was in office, Bob Hope was the political satirist of the day, poking fun at politicians and government alike. On April 25, political comedian Mark Russell will continue this American tradition as the special guest of the Truman Library Institute in a celebration to show how Kansas City is still "Wild About Harry."

The "Wild About Harry" event is a fundraiser for the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, and money raised from the event will benefit public programming to be offered by the Harry S. Truman Library. The event includes a reception at the historic Kansas City Club beginning at 6 p.m. followed by a performance by Mark Russell at 8 p.m. at the Folly Theater.

TV Guide has called Mark Russell "the funniest man on television," to which he replies, "No, the funniest guys are on C-Span." Now in his twenty-third season on PBS, Russell performs live, fresh and dangerously topical stand-up comedy while accompanying himself on the piano. Mark’s answer to the frequently asked question, "Do you have any writers?" is "Oh yes. I have 535 writers. One hundred in the Senate and 435 in the House of Representatives."

Honorary chairmen Gertrude Oliver and Sue Gentry, along with event co-chairmen Polly Brunkhardt and Virginia Nadeau, will host the event on behalf of the "Wild About Harry" committee.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. cocktails and buffet reception at the Kansas City Club and the 8 p.m. performance at the Folly Theater are available at $125 per person and may be reserved through the Truman Library Institute by calling 816-268-8200 . All tickets must be reserved by April 5, 2000. There will be no on-site sales.

The fund raising event will benefit public programming at the Harry S. Truman Library, where speakers of national prominence share their viewpoints on democracy and leadership. Recent speakers have included Colin Powell, former President Gerald Ford, Michael Beschloss, Abba Eban and former Senator Paul Simon, to name a few.

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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