Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute has announced the recent acquisition of Rex Parker’s Paul Simon “Integrity” Poster.
The Paul Simon “Integrity” Poster depicts a resolute Paul Simon behind his trusted Royal typewriter,with his signature bow tie and beaming smile. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, other visual elements in the poster highlight the Senator’s passion for journalism, foreign policy and politics.
“I’m from a small town, my grandfather was a farmer who served on the board of the local grain elevator and the county 4-H Fair. He was also a founder of the local Lion’s Club and was elected a township trustee,” Parker recalls. “I grew up with my grandfather telling me stories about this mythical figure, a man of his word, a straight arrow, a politician who fought for the common folks of Illinois — Paul Simon.
“In 2002 I finally got to meet Paul Simon, while organizing a breakfast event in my current town of Park Ridge where he was the special guest of honor. Retired from politics, Mr. Simon still drew a bipartisan, overflowing crowd. I can remember people saying, “I saw him in high school” or “Always proud to vote for him.” The elder statesman shook every hand, posed for all the selfies and delivered a great speech. It was so inspiring I decided to run for city council. I won the race and got the chance to improve people’s lives through public service.
“I humbly hope the “Integrity” Poster captures Paul Simon’s boundless energy for life and is a inspiration for a new generation of public service.”