Chosen as the nation’s 12th Presidential pilot, Colonel (ret) Mark W. Tillman served as pilot and commander of Air Force One from 2001-2009. Col. Tillman was at the controls of Air Force One through numerous national events. Most notably, he protected the President on September 11, 2001 by keeping him out of harms way and connecting the flying oval office to the nation’s first responders.
A man devoted to serving his country, this captivating storyteller will give you a first-hand account of remarkable moments in history.
Dr. Thomas Allen “Tom” Coburn challenges the broken partisan culture of Washington. When audiences hear Dr. Coburn speak, they hear what The Week calls "authentic, adult conservatism." Coburn serves as the antidote to a high-tension political environment, with level-headed, thoughtful and practical solutions to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans.
Dr. Coburn is a medical doctor and retired member of Congress, who has represented the state of Oklahoma in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. In 1994, Dr. Coburn was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the Republican Revolution. He upheld his campaign pledge to serve no more than three consecutive terms and did not run for re-election in 2000. In 2004, he returned to political life with a successful run for the U.S. Senate. Dr. Coburn was re-elected to a second term in 2010 and pledged not to seek a third term in 2016. In January 2014, Dr. Coburn announced he would retire before the expiration of his final term.
Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, he established himself as "a statesman willing to reach across the aisle to find solutions to the nation's budget woes" (Associated Press) and as a man who is "thoughtful and willing to seek solutions to big problems" (Politico).
Bob L. Blackburn, a native Oklahoman, has served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1999. He joined the OHS in 1980 as editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma and became deputy director for agency operations in 1990. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Oklahoma State University.
Bob published several articles and his first book while still in graduate school, and has since written or co-authored 18 books and numerous articles, journal entries, and screen plays. He is a steady source of historical information to the media, and he has appeared numerous times on the History Channel. He was instrumental in planning and building the Oklahoma History Center, a 215,000 square foot museum and research center with a budget of $61 million. Bob has served on numerous national and regional boards and committees, including the Western History Association, the Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians, the AIA, and Leadership Oklahoma City.
Bob is married to former State Representative Debbie Blackburn and they have one son, Beau, who is a professional photographer in Colorado. His hobbies are reading, running, carpentry, landscaping, and golf.
Clint Hill will forever be remembered as the courageous Secret Service Agent who leapt onto the back of the presidential limousine in the midst of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, on November 22, 1963. His primary responsibility was the protection of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and for his actions that day, Hill received the nation’s highest civilian award for bravery.
Now, looking back 50 years, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time – how a Secret Service agent who started life in a North Dakota orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the most captivating First Lady of our time. With tender, often humorous anecdotes about life with the Kennedy family during those years of Camelot, as well as his riveting moment-by-moment account of what really happened that day in Dallas, Hill’s incredible story is one of courage, integrity, and resilience.
In April 2012, Hill collaborated with journalist, Lisa McCubbin, to write “Mrs. Kennedy and Me”, a memoir of the four years he spent with Jacqueline Kennedy. Published in April 2012, the book immediately became a #1 New York Times Best Seller. Clint and Lisa's most recent book, “Five Days in November”, the riveting moment-by-moment account of the days surrounding the assassination, alongside 170 remarkable photographs, was released in November 2013.
Lisa McCubbin is an award-winning journalist who has been a television news anchor and reporter for NBC, ABC, and CBS; hosted her own talk radio show; and spent more than five years in the Middle East as a freelance writer.
The dynamic chemistry between McCubbin and Hill is evident in their unique joint presentation in which history comes to life as McCubbin draws out the poignant and painful memories from Hill, in an unforgettable hour filled with humor and drama, with the backdrop of rarely seen photos and videos. Audiences leave with an insight into the workings of the Secret Service, answers to the conspiracy theories, and inspired by the powerful message of an unlikely hero.
Dean Blevins has held the position of NEWS 9 Sports Director since 2001 and has 30 years of broadcast experience in the state of Oklahoma. Blevins is a two-time Emmy Award winner and has been voted the Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year eight times by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
As a quarterback at the University of Oklahoma, Blevins played on national championship teams in 1974 and 1975 and on four Big 8 Championship teams from 1974 to 1977. Blevins also played basketball at OU and is the last player to have lettered in both football and basketball in the same season in half a century.
Blevins has announced college football and basketball games for 25 years, including 14 years for CBS, ABC, and ESPN. Beginning in 1985, Blevins has hosted coaches TV and radio shows for recognizable figures including Barry Switzer, Bob Stoops, Jerry Jones, and Eddie Sutton.
Blevins anchors NEWS 9 Sports weekdays and can also be seen co-anchoring the statewide "Oklahoma Sports Blitz" every Sunday night. He has earned a top spot in the pro league of Oklahoma sports broadcasters. In addition to his television broadcasts, he is a co-host of the popular weekday drive-time radio show, "The Total Dominance Hour" on The Sports Animal in Oklahoma City and has hosted his own website since 1990.
Speaker, best-selling author, TV and radio personality Brian Kilmeade currently serves as co-host of Fox News Channel's (FNC) FOX & Friends alongside Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt. Additionally, he serves as host of Kilmeade and Friends, a nationally syndicated three-hour radio show on Fox News Radio. Kilmeade joined the network as a sports reporter in 1997.
Every weekday morning, Kilmeade provides viewers with the latest on the current headlines in news, sports, politics and entertainment. During his tenure at FNC, he has interviewed newsmakers in politics as well as celebrities and athletes, including former President George W. Bush, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, supermodel Miranda Kerr, television personality Simon Cowell, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. During his tenure, he has also provided live coverage and analysis on major national and international events.
Kilmeade is the author of several New York Times bestselling books, including "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates", "Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans" and "George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution."
Brian Kilmeade received a B.A. from Long Island University.