A number of people have asked me why former Army Lt. William Calley picked the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus to speak publicly. It is because he and TV commentator Al Fleming, an old friend of mine, are old friends. Al, a member of the Kiwanis Club, invited him.
As far as a respectful and polite audience is concerned, he picked the right place. He got a standing ovation when introduced – everyone gets that when they speak at this club’s meetings – but, he also got one at the end. Al says that just usually doesn’t happen. To be honest, almost everyone stood both times, but I spotted at least one exception.
The questions were asked respectfully and politely, which could give the impression they were softball. I don’t think that was the case. The questions got right to the crux of the matter, in my view, and Calley didn’t dodge any of them.
I have been a guest a few times at this club. On a personal note, I have always enjoyed those visits. In fact, I spoke there last week, giving a Power Point presentation for Muscogee County Friends of the Libraries, pointing out the importance of supporting your public libraries. I enjoyed that, too.