Monday, September 20, 2004

Moore to speak at UF

This was very good news to hear. It looks like Michael Moore will be coming to UF on the first Monday of October.

A few years ago, Moore promised to speak at UCF in Orlando, but later backed out on the engagement. Lets hope he keeps his word this time.

The article doesn't disclose it, but I'm sure MM's getting a great amount of money to speak. The address is at the O'Connell Center, home of the Gators basketball team. I'll bet the arena holds over 15,000 people.

Moore to talk at UFBy BRIDGET CAREYAlligator Writer
One of today’s most controversial political voices and filmmakers will speak at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Oct. 4.

Accent, UF’s speakers bureau, will bring Michael Moore, a liberal author and award-winning director of the documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

“He understands Florida is a swing state,” Accent Chairman David Buchalter said of Moore’s incentive to visit UF. “He’s a huge name now. He’s one of the most original and controversial political voices.”

Moore’s speech will be free and open to the public. It starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for students with their Gator 1 ID Cards and at 7 p.m. for all others.

“He’s explosive. He’s dynamic. He’s going to be surprising - I’ll guarantee you that,” Buchalter said.

Moore will be speaking about “Fahrenheit 9/11” and the November presidential election, Buchalter said. He added, “The security will be very tight.”

The DVD of “Fahrenheit 9/11” goes on sale Oct. 5, the day after Moore’s visit.
Accent would not disclose Sunday how much Moore would be paid for his appearance at UF.
Accent, a division of Student Government, works to bring the most controversial speakers to UF, Buchalter said.

As for bringing a controversial conservative speaker to UF, Buchalter said no one has been booked yet, adding: “We’ve considered all of our options.”

So far, Moore is not scheduled to speak anywhere else in Florida. Moore probably chose Gainesville for its grassroots activities, Democratic support and location between large cities such as Orlando and Tallahassee, Buchalter said.

Moore, in a press conference in early August, said that he will “put a huge spotlight” on election officials and bring his cameras to Florida during the November elections.

Earlier this month, Accent brought Lou Ferrigno, who played the original Hulk in the 1970s television show. Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern is scheduled to speak 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the University Auditorium. The speech is free and open to the public.

Accent has contacted the campaigns of President Bush and Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry to bring the candidates to UF but has not secured either candidate, Buchalter said.


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