Clinton School to Host Symposium Honoring Clinton's 60th Birthday

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, the Clinton Presidential Library and the William J. Clinton Foundation will present two panel discussions honoring former President Bill Clinton on Saturday, Aug. 19, his 60th birthday.

The first panel, "The Friends of Bill (FOBs) Turn 60," is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. and will feature five of Clinton's childhood friends reliving stories and events from growing up with the president. Panelists include moderator Paul David Leopoulos and other Hot Springs natives Rose Crane, Mauria Aspell, Carolyn Staley and Joe Newman.

The Clinton Foundation will present a second panel titled "From Tricycles to Bicycles to Air Force One: The Rise of a Political Star" at 12:45 p.m. The title is derived from editorial cartoons by the late George Fisher of the Arkansas Gazette and Arkansas Times depicting Clinton as a young politician riding tricycles and bicycles. This discussion will feature moderator Bobby Roberts, Patty Criner, Bob Nash and other former staffers who will speak on Clinton's rise as a statewide political figure prior to becoming president.

Guests will enjoy lunch from McClard's Bar-B-Q in Hot Springs, Clinton's favorite barbecue restaurant.

Tickets to the symposium are $15, including lunch, dessert and entertainment.

Seating is limited, and reservations are required. To reserve a ticket for the event, contact Nikolai DiPippa at publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or (501) 683-5239.

The Clinton Center will offer free admission on Saturday, Aug. 19. There will be six mini-concerts featuring "Happy Birthday" sung at the bottom of each hour.