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Citadel News Service

For Release
Sept. 26, 2002

"Hardball's" Chris Matthews to sign copies of his book

          Chris Matthews, host of the MSNBC political talk show "Hardball with Chris Matthews" will sign copies of his book "Now Let Me Tell You What I Really Think" on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002 at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.

          Matthews will sign books from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in The Citadel Gift Shop in Mark Clark Hall. The public is welcome. The Citadel Gift Shop will have copies of the book for purchase.

          Matthews is the author of three best-selling books. Now Let Me Tell You What I Really Think (2001) is a New York Times best seller. His first book, Hardball (1988) is required reading in many college-level political science courses. Kennedy & Nixon (1996) was named by The Readers Digest Todays Best Fiction and served as the basis of a documentary on the History Channel. In addition, Matthews has worked for 15 years as a print journalist, 13 of them as Washington Bureau Chief for The San Francisco Examiner (1987 2000), and two years as a national columnist for The Chronicle, which was syndicated to 200 newspapers.

          Matthews also worked in the White House for four years under President Jimmy Carter as a speechwriter and on the Government Reorganization Project, in the U.S. Senate for five years on the staffs of Sen. Frank Moss (Utah) and Sen. Edmund Muskie (Maine), and was the top aide for Speaker of the House Thomas P. Tip ONeill, Jr. for six years.

          A graduate of Holy Cross College, Matthews did graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina and was a trade development advisor with the U.S. Peace Corps in the southern African nation of Swaziland.

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