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JOURNALISTS: Here are story ideas and a list of selected Purdue events during the next two weeks.

November 4, 2002

Purdue Events

Friday, Nov. 8 – Cookie man Wally 'Famous' Amos to speak
Friday, Nov. 8 – 'Refrigerator Rights' book signing
Friday, Nov. 8 – President's Council views Purdue's oldest book
Monday, Nov. 11 through Tuesday, Nov. 12– ROTC group to conduct remembrance ceremony


Alumnus to discuss Joint Fighter Program in fourth Boeing Lecture

The officer in charge of the Joint Strike Force Fighter Program will be at Purdue on Monday (11/18) to discuss the next generation advanced weapon system program, as well as his thoughts on leadership and life.

Maj. Gen. John L. Hudson, executive officer and program director, will deliver the fourth annual William E. Boeing Distinguished Lecture on "Life, the Universe and the Joint Strike Fighter Program."

The lecture, sponsored by School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, begins at 4 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. A reception will follow the lecture in Stewart Center's west foyer.

Hudson was commissioned in 1973 after being honored as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has a bachelor's degree in astronautical engineering and a 1974 Purdue master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics, national security and strategic studies, and management.

As executive officer and program director of the Joint Strike Fighter Program, Hudson works for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition in Arlington, Va. This program will develop and produce the next generation strike warfare weapon system for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force; the Royal Navy and Air Force; and for other partner countries.

Hudson's awards and commendations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal.

CONTACT: Tim Bobillo, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics development director, (765) 494-9124,

Students to learn stats during Purdue-Ohio State football game

Indianapolis Public Schools students involved in the Science Bound program, along with their parents and mentor teachers, will visit Purdue's West Lafayette campus on Saturday (11/9) to attend the Purdue-Ohio State game.

But they won't just be cheering – they will be keeping track of statistics for the football players.

The students will be greeted by Purdue President Martin C. Jischke when they arrive on campus at 9 a.m. Jischke will then speak with the students in the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall, Room 224.

Before heading to Ross-Ade Stadium for the game, the students will be "schooled" in the art of taking football statistics by Dustin Allen, a senior majoring in organizational leadership and supervision.

Each student will keep statistics on a designated player and will be seated in rows 55-63, section 13, so they can monitor their individual players. Students can be identified by their black Science Bound T-shirts.

Science Bound, a partnership between Purdue and Indianapolis Public Schools, is a program that gives underrepresented students an opportunity to earn a full scholarship to Purdue to study for a career in engineering, science, math, technology or math/science education.

Journalists wishing to cover this event can make arrangements by contacting Jesica Webb, Purdue News Service media coordinator, (765) 494-2079,; pager, (765) 423-7326.

A story with additional information about the Science Bound program is available at

CONTACT: Julia Hains, Science Bound program director, (765) 494-7861,



Cookie man Wally 'Famous' Amos to speak
• Friday, Nov. 8.
3 p.m., Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Wally Amos, founder of Famous Amos Cookies, will address Krannert School of Management MBA students, faculty and alumni. His talk, "Winning Business Ingredients with Wally Amos," is open to the public as seating allows. The talk is part of the Lilly Endowment Entrepreneurship Speakers Series. Amos started his career as a talent agent and manager representing clients such as Simon and Garfunkel and the Supremes. He passed out his homemade cookies on television and movie sets. People told him to go into the cookie business. Marvin Gaye backed him, and Famous Amos Cookies were born. Amos has written a number of books, including "The Face that Launched a Thousand Chips," and has been a visible and vocal supporter of literacy and positive thinking. Amos will be available to media at 2 p.m., prior to his presentation. Interviews can be scheduled by contacting Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications. Interview requests must be faxed to (765) 494-4360 or e-mailed to A photo of Amos is available at CONTACT: Newton, (765) 496-7271.

'Refrigerator Rights' book signing
• Friday, Nov. 8.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2323 Sagamore Parkway South. Glenn Sparks, Purdue University professor of communication, and Will Miller, nationally recognized media personality, will sign copies of their new book "Refrigerator Rights." In their new book, Sparks and Miller explain how refrigerators are gauges of relationships and why the number of Americans who have refrigerator rights is decreasing. Contact: Glenn Sparks, (765) 494-3316, or Will Miller, (765) 497-3725,

President's Council views Purdue's oldest book
• Friday, Nov. 8.
2 to 5 p.m., at the Krannert Special Collection of Literature in Business and Economic History in the Krannert Building. Journalists are invited to attend an invitation-only President's Council Open House as they view Purdue libraries' oldest book on campus. The 500-year-old book contains Latin love poetry from three poets of the first century B.C. Contact: Judith Nixon, (765) 494-2922,

ROTC group to conduct remembrance ceremony
• Monday, Nov. 11 through Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Terrorist attack victims as well as military personnel who are prisoners of war or listed as missing in action will be recognized in a ceremony and remembrance vigil conducted by the Arnold Air Society at Purdue. An opening ceremony will be held at noon on Monday, Nov. 11, near the flagpole on the Memorial Mall. From that time until noon on Tuesday, Nov. 12, a Purdue ROTC Air Force guard will stand vigil for one-hour shifts near a "prisoner" in a cage on the mall. A candlelight vigil also will be held on the mall at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. CONTACT: Kathryn Bradley, public affairs officer for the Arnold Air Society, (765) 464-3428,

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