Patrick Murphy will be the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Madison County’s Business and Industry Appreciation Evening on Thursday, April 24, at Sunset Hills Country Club.
Murphy is well-known in St. Louis as the face and voice of PBS station KETC Channel 9. With a 30-year career in broadcasting he was the natural pick as host of the St. Louis Speakers Series. In addition to producing and appearing in television programs, he has taught as an adjunct professor of communications at Webster University for 16 years. He has written, produced and directed several historical documentaries, including his most recent, “Monumental Reflections,” for the 40th anniversary of the Gateway Arch.
Murphy has done more than just meet famous personalities like Robert Redford, Rudy Giuliani, Walter Cronkite, Garrison Keillor, Ken Burns and Margaret Thatcher. Over the past eight years, as host of the St. Louis Speakers Series, he has dined with them, attended parties with them, interviewed them – and come to fascinating conclusions about the very famous. It began when Murphy began to reflect on the phenomenon we call “fame.” What sets the famous apart? What are their lives like? What can we learn from them? Murphy answers those questions in a presentation loaded with anecdotes, humor and insight into the nature of leadership and greatness.
In his journey with the famous, Murphy has discovered that some wear their greatness lightly; others less comfortably. But all share certain characteristics that set them apart and sustain their fame. They are: 1) well-grounded with a strong sense of self; 2) able to derive sense from chaos, which makes them excellent storytellers; and 3) eager to learn from and be inspired by the rest of us.
Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 618-876-6400 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.