MAYOR J, BRACKEN LEE'S TESTIMONIAL DINNER
January 7, 197 2
Master of Ceremonies
Milton L. Weilenmann
In another of a series of appreciation dinners given by Governor and
Mrs. Rampton, we are here tonight to honor two distinguished citizens of Utah,
who have, given to the State of Utah in excess of three decades of public service.
We are here tonight to honor J. Bracken Lee and his lovely wife, Margaret. I
indicated that we were here tonight to honor them on their retirement, but I
received a letter through the Governor's office the other day, a paragraph of
which I would like to read:
"Prior commitments make it impossible for me to be with you the night of
January 7th, but I do want to participate in some way. And so I am enclosing, a
check which may be used to augment the small retirement benefit which you receive,
or to help clean up some past political campaign debts, or hopefully to serve as
the first contribution for your next campaign in the event you change your mind.
My very best wishes for yours and Margaret's continued good health and happiness.
Sincerely, Phil J. Purcell."
We'll wait for a little later this evening to find out how Bracken Lee responds
to that letter. We are honored to welcome you all here this evening. The
invocation will be offered by the Most Reverend Joseph L. Federal, Bishop of the
Diocese of Salt Lake City. Bishop Federal,
Bishop J. L. Federal
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Let
us pray, Oh mighty and everlasting God, we acknowledge our dependence on you
from whom all good gifts come. We humbly beg your blessing upon this gathering,
especially on those who are being honored. As we remember with gratitude their