Bono Is a Four-Letter Word

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The University of Pennsylvania‘s founder, Benjamin Franklin, once said, “Either write things worthy reading; or do things worth the writing.” For its 248th commencement, the university had as its speaker a man who does both.

“My name is Bono, and I am a rock star,” Bono opened to a roar from the excited students, families, and friends gathered at the university’s Franklin Field for the celebration.

U2log’s Ruth Barohn and Khelia Johnson report from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. To read the report and see photos from the event, click the link below.

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One-Believable

“You know how many people are here today?” Bono asked, looking out over the hundreds of people gathered on a sunny Sunday afternoon (May 16) on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. “Well, I counted it. I’m a rock star who can count. Three million people are here because that’s what these people represent in their various organizations all over America and all over the map.”

Bono, basketball star Dikembe Mutombo, singer Michael W. Smith, activist Agnes Nyamayarwo, and others gathered to address a crowd assembled for a rally launching The ONE Campaign.

U2log’s Ruth Barohn reports from Philadelphia. To read the report and see photos from the event, click the link below.

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Heart Of America Tour Documentary

U2log.com’s New York editor Chris Conroy recently attended a Tribeca Film Festival screening of the thirty-minute documentary Heart Of America, chronicling the December 2002 initiative by Bono and his DATA group to bring the message of the AIDS emergency and relief for Africa to the American Midwest. To read his review of the film and event, click the link below.

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Bono’s Journey of Equality

Not one to waste an opportunity, Bono turned a press conference intended to focus on his being honored by the King Center into a discussion about the global AIDS crisis with local and national media in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 17). In true Bono style, he informed and entertained as he spoke about the issue closest to his heart.

U2log.com presents a transcript of Bono’s comments and the media Q & A that followed.

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The Boys Who Tried Wolf

It was a Friday night. And not just literally.

Three years to the day after musician and artist Gavin Friday narrated the Prokofiev classic “Peter and the Wolf” at Dublin Castle, with the orchestra from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, to benefit the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), sixteen original paintings that were done for a companion book to Friday’s new musical version were auctioned to benefit the charity. On this spring-like November evening (Nov. 21), bidders and friends filled an intimate room at Christie’s New York in Rockefeller Center. They came to support the IHF as well as the hard work of the project’s engine.

Ruth Barohn reports for U2log.com with Christopher Conroy.

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Peter and the Wolf Auction

The night begins with Gavin. Gavin Friday is the person who conceived the “Peter and the Wolf” CD and book project to aid the Irish Hospice Foundation. His arrival at Christie’s in New York City tonight (Nov. 21) marked the beginning of the end of the project: the auction of the book’s illustrations, drawn by his friend Bono.

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Irish Film and TV Fete

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Paul McGuiness, his wife Kathy Gilfillan, Bono, and Ali Hewson were among the celebrities who attended Eircom’s 2003 Irish Film and Television Awards, which took place in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on Saturday 1st November.

U2log.com’s Patrick Lynch reports with photographer Bernard Cleary.

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