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25 years ago: Speaking engagement falls through for local club

December 4, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 4, 1987:

  • The Lawrence Cosmopolitan Club was exploring its options for obtaining money that members had been unable to raise for charity after a speaking engagement by Bob Knight had fallen through in October. The Club believed that the Indiana University basketball coach had been committed to speaking at the dinner and had advertised the event accordingly, but according to Andrew Ramirez, a local attorney representing the nonprofit civic group, Club officials had never received a signed contract from Knight.
  • Jason Krakow, Kansas University's student body president, was one of 18 KU students planning to participate in a mass rally in Washington, D.C., this weekend to call on Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to allow Soviet Jews to emigrate freely and to ensure basic human rights for those Jews remaining in the Soviet Union. "We're very fortunate in this country to be able to practice our religion freely and to express opinions freely," Krakow said. "I think that's really more than a right -- it's a responsibility to speak out on behalf of those people who are less fortunate, so they may have those rights."

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