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An Evening with Tony Mendez at Beth El Synagogue

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7:00 p.m. · Monday, February 11, 2013 · Beth El Synagogue

5224 west 26th Street · Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as CIA’s former Chief of Disguise Tony Mendez offers his take on his time with the “Company.”  Mendez was decorated, and is now widely known, for his on-the-scene management of the “Canadian caper” during the Iran hostage crisis, in which he exfiltrated six American diplomats from Iran in November 1979.  Posing as a Canadian film crew, they were accompanied by Dennis Packer, a CBC cameraman.  As part of their cover, the diplomats carried passports issued by the Canadian government to document them as Canadian citizens.  This was adapted for the screenplay and development of the award-winning 2012 American film Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, who also starred as Mendez.  On the CIA’s 50th anniversary, Tony was chosen as one of the CIA’s top 50 officers for its first 50 years.

A portion of the proceeds of this event will help underwrite Beth El Synagogue’s Minnesota National Guard unit adoption initiative, directly benefiting C-CO 2-211 General Support Aviation Battalion currently stationed at Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan.  Family members of deployed Charlie Company soldiers can attend this event free of charge by contacting FRG Leader Rick Rice by phone [masked])  or email.

Please note: through our partnership with Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Calhoun Village, we will have several of Tony Mendez’s books for sale the evening of the event.

For additional inquiries about the event, please call [masked].


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  • Ginny R.

    Have to work.......

    February 10, 2013

  • Marcia H

    I live downtown, so the weather really won't be an issue for me. I will be there no matter what gets thrown our way, but black ice will make me pause.

    February 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I keep hearing conflicting reports. Sometimes little snow, sometimes major snow. Oh well!

      February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    According to weather reports, there is supposed to be 4 to 8 inches of snow from Sunday thru to Monday am. Unless it's just horrible, I'm still going to go. Hopefully, they will get enough cleared by Monday evening. I'm driving from Oakdale. What are your thoughts (the 3 of you)?

    February 8, 2013

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