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For Release Upon Receipt - February 18, 2009
Contact: Lauren Domingos, 617-358-1688, ldomingo@bu.edu

Award Winning Sportscaster Bud Collins to Speak At Boston University

Boston - The Friends of the Libraries at Boston University, together with the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, will host an evening with acclaimed sportscaster and American journalist Bud Collins. His career of more than 50 years, which began in 1955 at the Boston Herald, gained him recognition and entrance into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Collins was also awarded the Red Smith award, which is considered the highest accolade in sports writing, in 1999. The event is open to the public and will include an lecture, reception and exhibition of his collection.

Event Details

Title: Bud Collins “My Life with the Pros”
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM reception, 6:00 PM lecture
Location: Metcalf Hall (2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free to Friends of the Libraries members and BU students; $25 per person for the public
Contact: For tickets/more information, call 617-353-1218 or email friends@bu.edu

Best known for his tennis commentary, Collins gained a reputation for being an authority on the game, its history and the many personalities who contributed to its story. Recognized around the world, Collins is famous for his razor-sharp assessments and trademark, custom-made pants. Collins began offering his commentary for WGBH in 1963 and continued for 25 years. In 1972, he began similar duties with NBC and has since offered commentary at various times for Tennis Channel, CBS, ESPN, USA, CBN, MSG, Sky, HBO, New Zealand TV, ABC Australia and Eurosport.

Collins is a member of both the Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, and has won a wide variety of journalism and sportscast awards. Collins has covered numerous sporting events outside of tennis, including golf’s U.S. Open and British Open; baseball’s World Series; the Olympics; heavyweight boxing championships (including most of Muhammad Ali’s fights); as well as football, basketball and ice hockey playoff games.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theatre, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, email archives@bu.edu or call 617-353-3696.