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Truman grandson to speak in OR

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Journalist Clifton Truman Daniel, President Harry S Truman’s oldest grandson, will be in Oak Ridge for a special Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association speaking engagement on March 28.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Y-12 New Hope Visitors Center at 602 Scarboro Road. It is open to the public.

Tickets are  $20 each and may be purchased at either the association’s website at www.orhpa.tix.com or the Ferrell Shop in Jackson Square, Oak Ridge.

“I’m excited and happy to tell the people of Oak Ridge anything about my grandfather,” Daniel said. “However, this trip is going to be a great education for me as well. I’m looking forward to being there, hearing from the people of Oak Ridge and learning the stories of this community.”

Daniel will share his understanding of the background behind his grandfather’s decision to use the world’s first atomic weapons made with uranium from Oak Ridge.

He will share his insights into the private moments of Truman’s life after he left the White House.

He will also discuss his family’s recent trip to Japan in 2012 for the 67th anniversary of the bombings, and his desire to learn both sides of the story by visiting Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Oak Ridge.

“I think it’s important that both sides get to tell their stories and both sides listen to those stories,” Daniel said.

Daniel is the son of the late E. Clifton Daniel Jr., former managing editor of the New York Times, and Margaret Truman, a best-selling mystery writer.

He wrote the 2011 book “Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943” and the book, “Growing Up With My Grandfather: Memories of Harry S. Truman.”

Daniel is the former public relations director for the Harry S Truman College in Chicago and was a feature reporter for The Wilmington Star News in Wilmington, N.C.

He and his wife have three sons and live in Chicago.

A reception is planned in the New Hope Center lobby immediately after the speech.

Those attending will have the opportunity to meet Daniel, ask questions and tell their personal stories from living and working in the Secret City.

Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association was formed in September 1999 to preserve the history of Oak Ridge, prevent further demolition of historic structures and develop economic, educational and cultural resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

It gained its charter as an official nonprofit organization in 2000 and includes more than 175 members. Monthly meetings, at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in Midtown Community Center, Oak Ridge, are open to the public.

Call either Donna Bennett at 865-482-3293 or Anne McBride at 865-482-5386 for information about joining the organization.