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2005.10.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

Terrorism Analyst to Kick Off ABC Speaker Series Oct. 27

OMAHA – Christopher Whitcomb, an on-air terrorism analyst for NBC News, will kick off the 2005-06 season of the Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series Thursday, Oct. 27, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

A 15-year veteran of the FBI, Whitcomb speaks internationally on security and crisis-resolution matters.  He has investigated a variety of terrorist acts, including the World Trade Center bombings in 1993 and the USS Cole attack in Aden, Yemen.  His freelance work also has been featured in a number of national publications.

Since 1975, the ABC Speaker Series has brought the perspectives of actors, authors, educators, journalists and politicians to the people of Omaha.  It is recognized as one of the nation's longest-running speaker series.

All ABC Breakfast Series events will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 72nd and Grover streets.  Doors open at 7 a.m. for a breakfast buffet, followed by the speaker's presentation.

Tickets for the ABC Breakfast are $12.50 per person, per breakfast, or $50 for the entire season.  Tables of 10 also are available at a cost of $500 for the entire series.

The remainder of the 2005-06 schedule is as follows.

Nov. 30 – Anderson Cooper anchors the CNN news program "Anderson Cooper 360ยบ."  He has covered a variety of major breaking news stories and received awards for his work, including coverage of Princess Diana's funeral, famine in Somalia and political Islam.

March 22, 2006 – Peter Salgo is a health care futurist and experienced medical correspondent.  He has published articles on a variety of topics, including drug pricing schedules in the United States, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the risks and benefits of Retin A, plastic and cosmetic surgery, and the effects of AIDS on its victims and health care system.

April 12, 2006 – Maddy Kent Dychtwald is one of the nation's leading authorities on generational marketing.  In 1986, she co-founded Age Wave Inc., the nation's premier think-tank and strategic consulting group focused on baby boomers and the mature market.  Kent Dychtwald has been actively involved in analyzing and forecasting lifestyle and consumer marketing trends related to demographic change.

The ABC Breakfast Speaker Series is made possible through the support of attendees and the generosity of TIAA-CREF, BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska, DLR Group and Northern Natural Gas.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (402) 554-2981 or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/abc/.

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