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Society for Lifelong Learning event to feature Don McGuire

Member of The Hilltoppers to share stories on Nov. 4

In the 1950s, a quartet called “The Hilltoppers” went from college students recording an original song in WKU’s Van Meter auditorium to performing on musical stages around the world – and leaving their mark on American music. On Nov. 4, the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) will host a Food for Thought event featuring Don McGuire, the only surviving member of the quartet. McGuire will present “You Never Take All the Makeup Off,” detailing interesting and entertaining stories from his years with the group.

Don McGuire, the only surviving member of The Hilltoppers quartet, will present “You Never Take All the Makeup Off” on Nov. 4 as part of the WKU Society for Lifelong Learning's Food for Thought series.

Don McGuire, the only surviving member of The Hilltoppers quartet, will present “You Never Take All the Makeup Off” on Nov. 4 as part of the WKU Society for Lifelong Learning’s Food for Thought series.

Balancing college coursework and a music career meant that McGuire and the Hilltoppers attended classes during the week and made guest appearances throughout the United States on weekends. The quartet recorded many Billboard hits, including P.S. I Love You, Tryin’, Love Walked In and Marianne. They were also featured on numerous nationally syndicated television programs, including the Ed Sullivan Show and the Perry Como Show.

“The Hilltoppers were immensely popular in the 1950s and helped put Western Kentucky University into the national spotlight,” said Larry Gildersleeve, member of the SLL Advisory Board and Membership Relations Committee member.

“Don McGuire is an entertaining storyteller,” added Gildersleeve. “This is a rare opportunity to hear first-hand about his experience as a member of The Hilltoppers and their incredible success.”

According to Lifelong Learning Program Manager Cindy Ehresman, that’s the goal of Food For Thought events.

“These events offer the community an opportunity to experience the SLL and what it’s all about,” Ehresman said. “Participants meet others in the community who are share a passion for learning, enjoy a meal together and hear from presenters who provide insight and expertise on a wide variety of topics.”

The SLL is a member-driven organization that offers a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for people ages 50 and over.

The Food For Thought event on Nov. 4 is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Knicely Conference Center. Tickets are $10 and include the program and a light lunch. Space is limited, and tickets must be purchased by Oct. 27.

For information, visit wku.edu/sll/hilltoppers/ or call 270-745-1912.

Contact: Cindy Ehresman, (270) 745-1910 or cindy.ehresman@wku.edu

 

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