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'Men and Women of Distinction: Dale Bumpers' to air on AETN

Posted 06 Jan 2016

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will rebroadcast 'Men and Women of Distinction: Dale Bumpers' Wednesday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 each night in remembrance of Bumpers, who died Jan. 1 at the age of 90.

Arkansas journalist Ernie Dumas interviews former Arkansas governor and U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers in this three-part series.

Bumpers defeated Orval Faubus in the 1970 Democratic Primary Election. The Charleston, Arkansas, native's victory was just the first in a long political career that lasted more than three decades. He took J. William Fulbright's Senate seat in 1974 to begin his quarter-century in that body, then returned weeks after his 1999 retirement to give closing arguments in fellow Arkansan Bill Clinton's Senate trial. Bumpers considered running for president in 1976, 1984 and 1988 but never took the plunge.

'Dale Bumpers was such a fixture of Arkansas life,' AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. 'AETN is honored to be able to present this warm, intimate and intelligent discussion with this Arkansas legend.'

The episodes are underwritten by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and The Arkansas Center for Oral and Visual History at the University of Arkansas and are available to watch online at

'Men and Women of Distinction' features interviews with prominent Arkansans known for their citizenship, character and accomplishments. The series has previously featured former governor and U.S. Senator David Pryor, as well as former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former governor Sid McMath and Judge Morris Arnold. The series is underwritten by The Moving Image Trust Fund.

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