Knox grad knows what it’s like to follow Clinton

From: The Register Mail (Galesburg, IL)

Knox College graduate BJ Hollars has first-hand experience of what it’s like to be in Barack Obama’s shoes. Like the current president, BJ had to follow a speech by former President Bill Clinton. Hollars was the student speaker when Clinton delivered the 2007 Knox College commencement address. Following Clinton’s keynote address at Wednesday night’s Democratic National Convention, [Register-Mail blogger Jay Redfern] asked BJ what he remembered about June 2, 2007.

[Hollars told the Register-Mail]:] “On graduation day, I remember staying so close to my 10-minute, carefully written speech, while President Clinton seemed to go up there and extemporize for half an hour without missing a beat,” said BJ. “Love him or hate him, it was a lesson in public speaking.” Now an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, BJ received degrees in English literature and educational studies and the Outstanding Senior Award for 2007… Read more…