Triple Take 18: White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin

triple-takeThink back to your favorite children’s book. What does it have to do with who you are today?

If your answer is nothing, well, you’re probably not alone. But Stewart McLaurin traces his career path back to a children’s book about American presidents. McLaurin, a native Alabamian, is now White House Historical Association president. The nonprofit preserves and acquires artifacts of American history.

Although McLaurin has been interested in government and the presidency since childhood, his career also includes stops at the Motion Picture Association, Georgetown University and the American Red Cross. He’s also served George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the federal government. McLaurin is the keynote speaker at the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s 2016 award luncheon. The event will honor Ben and Luanne Russell with the Alabama Humanities Award; Hill Crest Foundation, Charitable Organization in the Humanities Award; and Nancy Grisham Anderson, Wayne Greenhaw Service Award. The luncheon takes place at 11:30 a.m. Monday at The Club. Tickets are available at alabamahumanities.org and start at $75.

McLaurin is this week’s guest on Triple Take, the podcast about the films, books and music that shape us.

Stewart McLaurin on a children’s book about American presidents

“It’s like these movies of life coming through to me interacting with these people who were integral in events of my youth, and now I’m working with them day in and day out in this job.”

Stewart McLaurin on the film “Chariots of Fire”

“It was a slower, more thoughtful time of life. People took time to really think and consider the reasons they did things. So many times we act flippantly and quickly in the moment, like some of our Olympians may have done recently in Rio. But this takes us back to a time when the sport was purely amateur–that’s part of the theme of the movie as well–and these young people were thought leaders among their peers. They challenged each other in very interesting ways.

Stewart McLaurin on “Nether Lands” by Dan Fogelberg

“It’s the kind of thing I can remember driving around listening to in my Chevrolet Vega at the University of Alabama. It brings me back memories of those days long ago and far away.”

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