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Hugh Downs to deliver Retirees Day keynote address

February 04, 2010

The Arizona State University Retirees Association will hold its annual Retirees Day on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Memorial Union on ASU’s Tempe campus, with television host Hugh Downs as keynote speaker.

Downs will speak at 1 p.m. on “Older Then, Younger Now.” Downs was anchor for ABC News’ 20/20 from 1978 to 1999, concentrating on issues of medicine, science, family, adventure, aging and the arts. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in radio and television as a reporter, newscaster, interviewer, narrator and host.

The even will begin with registration at 8:45 a.m., and include a series of concurrent educational sessions from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The 10 a.m. sessions include:

“Social Barriers to Renewable Energy,” presented by Mike Pasqualetti, professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.

“The Arboretum at ASU: Celebrating 20 Years of Trees,” presented by Ellen Newell, associate director of Facilities Grounds Services/Recycling, and Deborah Thirkhill, volunteer coordinator, Grounds Services/Arboretum.

“Lesser Known Tourist Attractions in Arizona,” presented by Jeff Reed, travel professional and owner of travel club for seniors.

“Extreme Speech and Democracy,” presented by James Weinstein, professor of Constitutional Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU, and author of the book, “Extreme Speech and Democracy.”

The 11:15 a.m. sessions include:

“Art as Political Communication,” presented by Lou Weschler, professor emeritus, School of Public Affairs, ASU.

“Will Health Care Reform Make Us Healthier?” presented by Marjorie Baldwin, director and professor, School of Health Management and Policy, ASU.

“Trusts, Wills and End-of-Life Planning,” presented by Charlotte Fox, author of the book, “And Then There Was One”; and Patti Shelton, attorney at law.

“Writing your Personal History,” presented by a panel including Emeritus College Dean Len Gordon, Founding Dean Dick Jacob, Emeritus College newsletter editor Winifred Doane. Moderator will be John Bell, founding member of the Emeritus College.

Registration fee for the day is $25. For more information, call (480) 965-7668 or go to