Bush Foundation To Host Free Screening Of “ARGO” Thursday At Rudder Auditorium

By: Texas A&M
By: Texas A&M

The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation will host a special screening of the award-winning film “ARGO” at Texas A&M University’s Rudder Auditorium Wednesday (March 27) at 5:30 p.m. Tony Mendez, CIA operative and author of The Master of Disguise from which the motion picture “ARGO” was adapted, will be present and give remarks. Mendez's character is portrayed in ARGO by actor Ben Affleck.

The program is a ticketed event. Free tickets are available at The Bryan/College Station Eagle, KBTX, the Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the MSC Box Office in Texas A&M’s Rudder Tower. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

“ARGO,” a historical drama thriller produced by Ben Affleck in 2012, was adapted from The Master of Disguise by Mendez and the article, "The Great Escape" by Joshuah Berman. This story follows the rescue mission led by Mendez of six United States diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the revolutionary Iran hostage crisis in 1979.

“ARGO” won three awards at the 85th Academy Awards including Best Picture as well as two awards at the Golden Globe Awards. “ARGO” also won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Tony Mendez, former CIA technical operative hailing from Eureka, Nev., worked as a plumber and illustrator before joining the CIA's technical staff. Mendez served in the CIA for 25 years regularly falsifying documents, crafting disguises and conducting ex-filtration operations.

In 1979, Mendez conducted operation "Canadian caper" on which the events of “ARGO” are based. The CIA awarded the Intelligence Star to Mendez for his involvement in that mission. Now retired, Mendez resides in rural Maryland with his wife Jonna, also a former CIA operative.

The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation was established in 1991 as a nonprofit educational foundation to design, build and support the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. In addition to sponsoring its own programs and activities, the George Bush Foundation provides logistical and financial support to the Bush Library and Museum, as well as to The George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. Through its outreach, the George Bush Foundation is helping make the George Bush Presidential Library Center a leading institution in cultural, policy and academic discussions.

For information, visit www.georgebushfoundation.org/ARGO or contact the George Bush Foundation at (979) 862-2251 or bushevents@georgebushfoundation.org.

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