Date: Monday, May 14

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

In 1971, Bob Brown and Dorothy Bradley, both aged 23, were elected to the Montana House of Representatives, he as a Republican from Kalispell and she as a Democrat from Bozeman. The 1970s were a remarkable political era in Montana, most notably because of the Constitutional Convention composed of 100 delegates who wrote, debated and narrowly won state support for a document which would significantly change the way political business takes place and public policy is formed in Montana. Dorothy and Bob were part of that process, and after long, dignified political careers, have plentiful before-and-after personal experiences to share. They will reflect on 40 years of Montana politics.

Presenters: Dorothy Bradley and Bob Brown

BradeyDorothy Bradley grew up in Bozeman and earned degrees in anthropology and law. At age 23 she won a seat in the Montana House of Representatives where she served as the only woman in 1971. In 1992 she was the Democratic nominee for Governor and campaigned by riding her horse across the state. She has worked in administrative positions dealing with water, the courts, and criminal justice.

BrownBob Brown was born in Missoula and raised on a grain and cattle farm near Kalispell. He was the 1969 student body president at MSU where, along with Dorothy Bradley, he worked in bringing about MSU’s first Earth Day observance and filed for the state legislature. For the next 26 years, Bob served as a Republican in the Montana Legislature, including the positions of Senate President and Secretary of State, and as a candidate for Governor.



Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust