'Shooting from the Lip: The Life of Al Simpson' Book Signing Wednesday

Former U.S. Sen. Alan K. Simpson
Former U.S. Sen. Alan K. Simpson

Donald Loren Hardy, who was chief of staff for former Senator Alan K. Simpson, was given a 19-volume diary that the senator kept during his time in office, a resource that Hardy says he drew from heavily in writing Simpson's biography.

Hardy will be in Sheridan Wednesday to sign copies of the biography, "Shooting from the Lip: The Life Senator Alan Simpson".

Hardy says Simpson had been contacted by others to write his memoirs, but the former senator chose his former chief of staff.

Hardy explains how the memoirs were written from the detailed accounts Simpson took down after each day he worked in Washington.

Simpson was always known for his apt ability in dealing with the media, something Hardy details throughout the book.

Hardy worked in Billings as a news director when Simpson was first running for the Senate, and he gives an example of Simpson "Shooting from the Lip".

The book includes stories like that of Simpson's grandfather Bobby Simpson shooting a bank clerk in Meeteetse in 1905 for bouncing a check, and it details the near-selection of Al Simpson as George H.W. Bush's running mate.

Hardy says with the size of Simpson's notes, the book could have been much longer.

After his time with Simpson, Hardy worked as Director of Government Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution. He has since retired with his wife Rebecca in Montana.

Hardy will be at Sheridan Stationary Wednesday at 5 pm.

Be sure to tune in to Public Pulse Tuesday morning, October 25 for the full interview with Hardy at 9:10 on AM KROE 930.

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