I. MICHAEL HEYMAN AND ROBERT KASTENMEIER JOIN NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Contact: Rolanda Chu Foerster, NFPF, 415-392-7291
Washington, D.C. (January 19, 2000)—The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) today announced the appointments of two distinguished Americans to its Board of Directors: I. Michael Heyman, former head of the Smithsonian Institution and Chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, and Robert W. Kastenmeier, U.S. House of Representatives member from Wisconsin for 32 years. The four-year appointments are made by The Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
I. Michael Heyman served as the Smithsonian Institution's chief executive officer from 1994-1999. He ended his term with two major new museums underway and with annual private sector giving at an all-time high. Prior to the Smithsonian, he was counselor to the Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. Heyman served as chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley from 1980 to 1990. He is returning home to California to teach at U.C. Berkeley's Boalt School of Law.
Robert W. Kastenmeier was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1958 from the Second District of Wisconsin. He served continuously until 1991, becoming ranking majority member of the House Committee on the Judiciary and the Chairman of Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Administration of Justice Subcommittee. Kastenmeier spearheaded the 1976 revision of the U.S. copyright law, which included groundbreaking provisions facilitating film preservation.
"Robert Kastenmeier's long-standing commitment to public service and Michael Heyman's commanding knowledge of educational institutions will add immeasurably to the strength of our Board. We are honored to welcome them to the American film preservation community," said Roger Mayer, NFPF Board Chairman, and President and COO of Turner Entertainment Company.
The National Film Preservation Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving America's film heritage. Created by the U.S. Congress, the NFPF is the charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. Additional information is available at the NFPF web site: www.filmpreservation.org.
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