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April 5, 1999

Magnuson staffers to discuss senator’s legacy

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The second annual panel discussion and reception to benefit the Warren G. Magnuson Endowed Library Fund will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 24, in 220 Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus.

A panel of former Magnuson staffers will include Gerald Grinstein, UW regent and panel moderator; Gerry Johnson, Seattle attorney and former administrative assistant to Sen. Magnuson; Tom Keefe, Idaho attorney and former counsel to the Senate Consumer subcommittee; Manny Rouvelas, Washington, D.C., attorney and former counsel to Magnuson’s Commerce Committee; Sharon Nelson, former counsel to the Communications subcommittee and Dr. Abe Bergman, a public health advocate whose ideas were adopted by Magnuson.

The panel will recount stories of Magnuson’s 44 years in Congress, and illustrate how his political style, character and effectiveness made an impact on Washington state and the nation.

The senator’s personal papers are held in the University Libraries and the fund named in his honor will expand this collection, in addition to enhancing acquisitions in areas in which he had an interest. His leadership in consumer protection, preservation of natural resources, establishment of a better health care system and major civil rights legislation still affects us today.

Historic news clips of Sen. Magnuson and a tape of last year’s event will be shown. Parking is complimentary. For more information on the event or how to contribute to the Magnuson Endowed Library Fund, please call 543-1760.