Former President Ronald Reagan's press secretary Larry Speakes will be the guest at a forum Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Utah Valley Community College.
Speakes, 51, was President Reagan's chief spokesman for six years. He took over the role of chief White House spokesman March 30, 1981, when James S. Brady, Reagan's press secretary, was seriously injured in an assassination attempt on the president.Speakes is possibly best remembered for admitting he fabricated an important presidential quote following Reagan's superpower summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva in November 1985.
Speakes later admitted the idea was "a mistake," but said, "I felt I knew what the president was thinking."
Speakes left the Reagan administration in 1987 to become senior vice president for communications at Merrill Lynch and Co. He resigned from the brokerage firm in April 1988 one month before his book was released.
Speakes also was press spokesman for the Watergate Legal Defense Team during the Nixon administration. He also served as assistant press secretary to President Gerald Ford.
The forum starts at noon in the UVCC Ballroom and is free to the public. For more information call 222-8000, ext. 681 or 612.