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Winter 1999-2000
Vol. 62, No. 2

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Go to: Mr. Kennedy Went to Washington . . . and Loved It

Mr. Meier Goes to Washington

If You Think Nightline is a Tough Gig,
Try Singing for Your Supper

Before Jim Kennedy '75 ever stepped up to a microphone as a spokesperson for an elected official, his performance skills were much more street-level.

After graduation from Rochester, he had a brief career as a street musician, playing guitar and harmonica. He debuted during a trip to Germany and continued to play as a graduate student, in Washington, D.C.

"I didn't get booed, but I didn't get rich at it either," Kennedy says now from the White House.

And while busking is not quite the same as answering questions from a CNN news anchor or going one-on-one with a radio interviewer, it's valuable experience all the same.

"It's a different kind of performance, but it helps you deal with the stage fright," he says.

Go to: Mr. Kennedy Went to Washington . . . and Loved It

Mr. Meier Goes to Washington

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