Boston University News Release

18th October, 2002

TV Talk Superstar, Local Business Star, Diplomat Among Bu Alumni Award Winners This Weekend

BOSTON, MA Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, Syms Corporation's CEO Marcy Syms, and Wendy Chamberlin, former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, are among six Boston University alumni who will receive distinguished service awards Saturday morning. Also receiving awards will be Maxwell Blum, a World War II veteran who enrolled in the University's School of Management after returning from Europe and then founded the Maxwell Shoe Company; Dr. Peter Deckers, a surgeon, cancer researcher and dean of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine; and Dr. Ernesto Muller, of Venezuela, founder of the International Association of Periodontology.

The most widely known of the group is Bill O'Reilly, who received his master's degree in broadcast journalism at BU in 1975, and went on to Ch. 7 in Boston and to reporter and anchor positions in New York with ABC and CBS. The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News surpassed Larry King Live in 2000 as most popular cable show. The awards will be presented during the University's annual alumni breakfast Saturday, October 19. The breakfast begins at 9:30, and the ceremony, which is open to the media, begins at 10. The event will take place in the ballroom of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue.

EVENT: Bill O'Reilly, Five Others Receive Alumni Awards

DATE: Saturday, October 19, 2002

TIME: 10 a.m.

PLACE: George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

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