Jim Bittermann/Pat Thompson Press Conference Sept. 7

September 6 2006

When: 1:45 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7

Where: Heritage Lounge, Tirey Hall

CNN?s Senior European Correspondent Jim Bittermann, along with his wife, former WTWO personality Pat Thompson, will visit Indiana State University Sept. 7, where Bittermann is scheduled to speak as part of the University Speakers Series.

Thompson produces award winning short films and documentaries such as "The Cheese Nun," currently airing on PBS and in Ireland and Italy. She founded a French audiovisual company, The Paris Bureau, specializing in English language television production for the international market.

Thompson may ring a bell with Wabash Valley residents - she got her start in television at WTWO in 1969 where she read the local newscasts for the Today Show and the noon news.

Bittermann, based in Paris, will share some of the behind the scenes stories that he has gathered since 2004 in France as the DaVinci Code grew in popularity and was made into a film. Bittermann, who has covered France, Europe and the Middle East for the past 28 years, will bring along video of a private tour of locations in Paris, including a walk through the Louvre with the famous museum's top DaVinci Code art expert, an interview with Henri Loyrette, the real-life director of the Louvre and video of the Chateau Villette, in the book owned by eccentric Englishman Leigh Teabig, but in reality owned by a Chinese-American woman who made a fortune buying and selling Silicon Valley real estate.

Bittermann will speak that night at 7 p.m. in Tilson Auditorium. A question and answer session will be part of the night?s activities with a reception to follow.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of the earlier start time, Jim Bittermann will not be available for one-on-one interviews with the media prior to his presentation. The press conference will be the only time available for him to answer your questions.

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Contact: Mark Edwards, Speaker Series Committee Chairperson, (812) 237-8512 or devmark@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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CNN's Senior European Correspondent Jim Bittermann, along with his wife, former WTWO personality Pat Thompson, will visit Indiana State University Sept. 7, where Bittermann is scheduled to speak as part of the University Speakers Series.

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