The Center for Continuing Education

Midwestern State University



                     "BONNIE & CLYDE"

Thursday, October 21, 2004 @ 5:30 PM

5:30 pm
-Screening of the 1967 classic film "Bonnie and
Clyde", directed by
Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

7:45 pm -the film will be followed by a presentation with John Neal Phillips, author
 of the critically acclaimed book, "Running with Bonnie and
Clyde, the Ten Fast Years
 of Ralph Fults," and editor of the newly published memoirs of Blanche Barrow,
 sister: "My Life with Bonnie and

CSC Shawnee Theatre from 5:30-9:30 pm.

Admission is free.

Series I:  “The Life and Times of Bonnie & Clyde”

      Speakers and Issues Series

   — Presented By—
     MSU College of Liberal Arts, Center for Continuing Education, 
       Times-Record News and World Forum  

  John Neal Phillips
John Neal Phillips was born in
Houston, Texas in 1949.  His background is in art.  He holds BA, MA, and MFA degrees in that subject and currently teaches art and film at both Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas (part of the Dallas County Community College District) and at Tarrant County College in Arlington, Texas.

            Phillips is a past National Merit Scholar, educated in Texas and Italy, and a recognized authority on Texas prison history and Depression-era outlaws, particularly Bonnie and Clyde.  His critically acclaimed book, Running with Bonnie and Clyde, the Ten Fast Years of Ralph Fults (University of Oklahoma Press, 1996, 2002), has received excellent reviews nationwide and overseas, and has been referred to as “. . . the last word about Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker” by Kent Biffle (Dallas Morning News, 4-2-00).  Moreover, in an interview with Bryan Wooley (Dallas Morning News, 5-30-96), Marie Barrow stated that Phillips’ book was the most accurate ever written about her brother, Clyde Barrow.

            Phillips is a member of the Texas Prison History Association, the Dallas Historical Society, the East Texas Historical Association, and the Texas State Historical Association.  He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, as well as in a number of documentaries about Bonnie and Clyde and the Texas Rangers, including those produced by PBS, A&E, Discovery, the History Channel, and the Learning Channel.  His articles, essays, and photographs have appeared in several newspapers and magazines, and the Texas Folklore Society has included his contributions in two of its books. 

            The October 2000 issue of American History features an article by Phillips and one of his essays is scheduled to appear in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (University of Nebraska Press, 2004).  In addition, Phillips has just completed editing and annotating the unpublished memoirs of Blanche Barrow.  That book, My Life with Bonnie and Clyde, is due to be published by University of Oklahoma Press in fall 2004.

Currently Phillips is conducting research for a book about the 1947 Texas City disaster.



   For more information call Midwestern State University’s

Center for Continuing Education at (940) 397-475