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Smart Talk: Former Acting PA Governor Mark Singel on his new book

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 22, 2016 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, August 22, 2016:

The year was 1993.  Bill Clinton was president of the United States.  First Lady Hillary Clinton began a campaign for healthcare reform.  Jurassic Park was the top film, Seinfeld among the highest rated TV shows, and Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You was the number one song.

It also was a historic year in Pennsylvania.  Gov. Robert Casey had been diagnosed two years before with a rare blood disease that attacked his organs.  By June of 1993, the governor's condition had worsened and doctors feared his organs would shut down.  He needed a liver transplant but his heart couldn't withstand the surgery, so Casey underwent a rare double organ transplant -- getting a new heart and liver.  It took six months for Casey to recover.

Lieutenant Governor Mark Singel became Pennsylvania's Acting Governor during that time.  Singel was not just a caretaker.  While not venturing far from Casey's agenda, Singel worked on issues such as waste recycling, a statewide 911 emergency phone system, workers compensation and property tax reform.

Twenty three years later, Singel has written an account of 1993 and his time leading the state through that Year of Change and Consequences -- the title of his new book.

Former Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor and Acting Governor Mark Singel appears on Monday's Smart Talk.

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Former PA Lieutenant Governor & Acting Governor Mark Singel

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