Darwin Payne Book Signing

Book signing and lecture by Professor Emeritus Darwin Payne

No Small Dreams: J. Erik Jonsson—Texas Visionary

Date: September 18, 2014

6 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Lecture with book signing to follow

Location: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

About the book: Darwin Payne brings us this biography of J. Erik Jonsson, the industrialist who led Texas Instruments during its meteoric rise from obscurity into one of the nation’s leading electronics firms and who became Dallas’ greatest mayor as he guided his adopted city to recovery after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. During his seven years as mayor Jonsson led Dallas to its greatest triumphs. Projects that bore his dominant imprint included ending the long-time aviation feud with neighboring Fort Worth and partnering with that city to build the huge D/FW International Airport, creating the groundbreaking Goals for Dallas project in which ordinary citizens for the first time helped plan the city’s future, founding the research institute that became the University of Texas at Dallas, leading the campaign to build a new downtown public library that later was named for him, and winning the difficult struggle to build a unique and architecturally significant new city hall. No Small Dreams is the story of a determined man who always dreamed big and then made his dreams come true.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.


Sponsored by the DeGolyer Library and the Friends of the SMU Libraries, in conjunction with the Year of the Faculty exhibit, “The Not So Secret Life of the Faculty,” at the DeGolyer Library through October 1, 2014.

For additional information or to RSVP: 214-768-3637 or degolyer@smu.edu.
Image of J. Erik Jonsson courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.

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