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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 4, 1995

President Clinton announced today his intent to nominate C.E. "Abe" Abramson and Walter Anderson to serve as members of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

C.E. "Abe" Abramson of Montana has been brokering commercial and industrial real estate for over twenty years. In 1978, Mr. Abramson was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Missoula City-County Public Library and served as Chair of the Board until 1985. In 1983, Mr. Abramson was appointed to the Montana State Library Commission and served as Vice Chair until 1991. He is a Founding Trustee of the Missoula Public Library Foundation and continues to serve as a member of the Board. He received the "Volunteer of the Year" award from the Missoula Public Library in 1995. Mr. Abramson is a Vietnam era veteran and a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He is also a member of the Legal Fee Arbitration Committee of the State Bar of Montana. He earned his B.A. from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1963.

Walter Anderson of New York has been the Editor of Parade Magazine since 1980. Mr. Anderson joined Parade Publications in 1977 and served as Managing Editor from 1978 to 1980. He is a former investigative reporter and a newspaper editor and has been honored with numerous state and national journalism awards for editorial excellence. He is the author of Read With Me, Courage is a Three-Letter Word, and The Greatest Risk of All. Mr. Anderson is a member of both the National Advisory Board of Literacy Volunteers of America and the National Center for Family Literacy and is a national spokesperson for the GED program, which enables high school dropouts to gain their equivalency diplomas. He was a 1994 recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, which honors individuals who have achieved success despite difficult childhood circumstances. A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Anderson served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961 to 1966. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a member of the teaching faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York. He is a General Director of the Public Broadcasting Service and Chairman of its Learning Services Committee. Mr. Anderson is a graduate of Westchester Community College and Mercy College, both of New York.

The National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, established in 1970, plans and advises governments and agencies on libraries and information services. The Commission makes sure that the needs of the people of the United States are met through federal cooperation with state and local governments and public and private agencies.