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Grondahl Lecture on Teddy Roosevelt, Albany Politics
Friends of the Libraries to host Sept. 29 event in UAlbany’s Standish Room

Contact: Michael Parker (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 16, 2004) -- Author Paul Grondahl will speak on “Presidential Passage: How Theodore Roosevelt Rode the Lessons of Albany Politics to the White House” on September 29, in UAlbany’s New Library, Standish Room, 4-6 p.m.

The event, on the uptown campus, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Grondahl’s talk will focus on his new book, I Rose like a Rocket: The Political Education of Theodore Roosevelt (June 2004), a biography of the former President. Grondahl’s work details how the rough-and-tumble world of Albany politics and lessons learned by Roosevelt during his three years as a state Assemblyman and two years as governor laid the foundation for his presidency and reform policies that made TR one of the most popular and enduring presidents in American history.

Grondahl's political biography has received excellent reviews by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Review, and other publications. He was filmed for C-SPAN2’s “Book TV” discussing his biography of Roosevelt. His 1997 work on Erastus Corning, Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma, was praised as a "minor classic" by the New York Times Book Review.

Grondahl's book about a Catholic nun in Albany who adopted and raised a girl with AIDS was optioned by CBS for a made-for-TV movie. He has been a staff writer at the Albany Times-Union since 1984. His articles and special projects have won a number of local, state, and national writing prizes, including more than 20 New York State Associated Press awards, several New York State Publishers awards, a first- place prize in feature writing from the American Society of Sunday and Features Editors
and many other awards. He earned an M.A. in English from UAlbany.

Paul Grondahl’s lecture is the first in the fall 2004 series of “Community Conversations” sponsored by the University at Albany’s Friends of the Libraries. The talks are free and open to the public. Membership in the Friends of the Libraries is open to all who share an enthusiasm for books and a commitment to building for the future of the University Libraries at the University at Albany. For more information about the Friends of the Libraries, visit


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