Deep in the heart of Texas, President George Herbert Walker Bush will preside as honorary chairman of a committee of distinguished Americans and world leaders when two outstanding Houston citizens, the Hon. Hushang Ansary and Dr. Denton Cooley, receive the Woodrow Wilson Awards in Houston on March 6. The Hon. Robert Mosbacher and his wife, Mica, are the chairmen of the very special and classy awards dinner. Classy and special because the committee includes such swells as Gov. George Pataki, New York banker Sanford (Sandy) Weill, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Henry Kissinger (self-explanatory), James A. Baker 3rd and Frank Carlucci, a former Secretary of Defense.
Recipients of the prestigious awards are chosen by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a part of the Smithsonian and the U.S. government, established as a living memorial to President Woodrow Wilson. Hushang Ansary, a former Iranian ambassador to the U.S., is a generous contributor to such institutions as Harvard, the George Bush Presidential Library, the James Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Texas Heart Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Denton Cooley, the pride of Texas, is one of the most renowned heart surgeons in the world. Both men were chosen because of "extraordinary service in the American spirit and for their tireless work to improve the quality of American life through public service and corporate involvement." Three rousing cheers and a great big yahoo, you all.