2014 Emerald Eagle Honors Presenters
Robert M. Edsel
Robert M. Edsel is the New York Times best-selling author of the non-fiction books, Rescuing Da Vinci, The Monuments Men and Saving Italy. Mr. Edsel is also the co-producer of the award-winning documentary film,The Rape of Europa. In addition, he is the Founder and Chairman of the nonprofit, Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, which received the National Humanities Medal, the highest honor given in the United States for work in the humanities field. Mr. Edsel has been awarded the "Texas Medal of Arts" Award; the "President's Call to Service" Award; and the "Hope for Humanity" Award, presented by the Dallas Holocaust Museum. He also serves as a Trustee at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Academy Award winner George Clooney directed and starred in a film based on Mr. Edsel's book, The Monuments Men. The film, which also stars Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin and Bob Balaban, was released in theaters on February 7, 2014. The Monuments Men book is currently the number one non-fiction paperback, e-book and combined print and e-book.
Ali MacGraw was born in Westchester County, New York and attended Wellesley College where she studied art history, languages and literature.
She began her professional career as Diana Vreeland's assistant at Harper's Bazaar. After leaving Harper's Bazaar, she went to work as a stylist for photographer Melvin Sokolsky in New York for six years.
Ali's acting career began when producer Stanley R. Jaffe and director Larry Peerce offered her the leading role of Brenda Patamkin in the screen version of Philip Roth's short novel, Goodbye Columbus. The movie was an international success, opening to tremendous popular and critical acclaim.
Wanting her next film to be something special, Ali looked for a script that touched her on a personal level. That picture was Love Story and it proved to be her major break. An original screenplay (and later a best selling novel) by Erich Segal, the film earned Ali international fame, an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe award, and many additional honors worldwide.
Ali's third picture, The Getaway, co-starring Steve McQueen, completed her trio of blockbuster films. Nevertheless, after The Getaway, Ali took a five-year hiatus from Hollywood to raise her son Joshua. She returned to the screen to star in several more films, including Just Tell Me What You Want directed by Sidney Lumet and co-starring Alan King and Myrna Loy…and Peter Weller.
Ali has appeared in a number of television projects, starring in Herman Wouk's epic mini-series, "The Winds of War," with Robert Mitchum. In addition, she guest-starred for a season on the popular ABC-TV series, "Dynasty." In 2006, she made her Broadway debit in the ensemble play, Festen.
Ali published her autobiography, Moving Pictures, (Bantam Books) and watched it climb the New York Times Bestseller List. The book went on become an international bestseller in England, France and South America. She also teamed up with Warner Home Video to distribute an instructional yoga video called "Yoga Mind & Body." The video features respected yoga instructor Erich Schiffman. It was filmed in beautiful White Sands, New Mexico and remains popular in the U.S. and in Europe selling over 500,000 copies.
Ali currently lives in New Mexico and is actively involved with numerous social, environmental and animal causes, both there and in other parts of the world. These include documentaries, narrations for PBS appearances and fundraising for a wide variety of issues which range from Dollars for Schools, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Animal Protection of New Mexico, the Lensic Theatre in Santa Fe, the Tibetan Centre there and many many more, including Animals Asia and others close to her heart.
Brent Musburger, one of the most versatile and talented broadcasters in the industry, joined ABC Sports in 1990. Since joining ABC, Brent has handled the BCS Series, Little League World Series, college basketball, NBA, college football, Major League Baseball, NFL playoff games, Monday Night Football half-times and hosted PGA coverage, world figure skating and the network's world track and field events.
Prior to coming to ABC Sports, Musburger was a member of the CBS Sports announce team from 1975. He anchored "The NFL Today" pre-game, half-time and post-game National Football League broadcasts with Phyllis George and Irv Cross. Additionally, he was the lead play-by-play announcer for the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament. Brent also hosted "CBS Sports Saturday/Sunday," the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, the National Basketball Association Finals, the Masters Tournament and the Pan American Games.
While attending Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Brent was lured away to the Chicago American, where he became an award-winning sportswriter. His broadcast career started when he joined WBBM Radio in Chicago in 1968 as Sports Director. He was later named Sports Director for WBBM- TV before moving to Los Angeles to co-anchor the nightly news for KNXT - TV.
Brent and his wife Arlene, have two sons.
2013 Emerald Eagle Honors
Drew Pearson spent 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (1973-1983), earning three Pro Bowl selections during his career. Known as "The Original 88" to Cowboys fans, he went undrafted out of Tulsa in 1973, but made an immediate impact, setting career-highs in 1974 with 62 catches for 1,087 yards. Pearson ranks near the top of just about every Dallas Cowboys receiving record.
Pearson helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowl appearances in a span of four years, including a victory in Super Bowl XII in 1978 over the Denver Broncos. Pearson and the Cowboys met "Mean" Joe Greene's Steelers twice in the Super Bowl (1976, 1979) with Pittsburgh winning on both occasions.
In 2011, Pearson was selected to the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, the highest honor in the Cowboys organization. He currently hosts “The Drew Pearson Show,” which is featured on local Dallas FOX television affiliates, including FOX Sports Southwest.
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling No. 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film “Reality Bites.” To this day, she is still the only artist to have a No. 1 single while not signed to a recording contract, an unparalleled feat for an unsigned artist.
A native of Dallas, Loeb studied at Brown University where she received her degree in comparative literature. She has successfully parlayed her talents into a multi-dimensional career encompassing music, film, television, voice-over work and children’s recordings. Her acclaimed studio CDs include her major label debut, the Gold-selling “Tails” in 1995 and its follow-up, the Grammy-nominated, Gold-selling “Firecracker” in 1997.
In addition to raising two children, Loeb is currently busy working on the release of a new eyewear line, Lisa Loeb Eyewear (in partnership with Classique Eyewear); her second children's book Lisa Loeb's Songs for Moving and Shaking; a new adult studio album, “No Fairy Tale,” released January 29, 2013, and will be playing a highly anticipated concert in Dallas with her band Nine Stories at The Kessler Theater in Dallas on May 2.
With over 25 years of diverse legislative and economic experience on local, state and federal levels, Ron Kirk has put together an impressive resume, most recently as United States Trade Representative. He served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet and as the president’s principal trade advisory, negotiator and spokesperson on trade issues. Kirk’s nomination to be U.S. Trade Representative was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 18, 2009.
Kirk was the first African American mayor of Dallas from 1995-2001, and his economic development efforts helped secure more than 45,000 jobs and investment of more than $3.5 billion for the city. To protect citizens, he increased the public safety budget by $128 million, and while he was mayor, Dallas saw its lowest crime rate in 20 years.
A native of Austin, Kirk received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and sociology from Austin College in Sherman. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979.