Eric Maddox spoke at the University of Oklahoma last night and saying he was well received is an understatement.
From the Oklahoma Daily:
Sooners learned Wednesday about the incredible impact people can have after leaving OU from a graduate who went on to become the military interrogator responsible for orchestrating the capture of Saddam Hussein.
Eric Maddox explained the process of finding and capturing Saddam Hussein and detailed the dilemmas he faced to about 300 people in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. The audience ranged from students to faculty to Maddox’s own father.
One student was struck by the thought that someone who walked the same campus as she does went on to have such an impact on the world.
“Seeing someone who went to the same school, walked down the same halls and experienced the same things and then went on and did something great for your country — I think that’s really inspiring,” said Alexis Taitel, international studies junior and president of the Campus Activities Council Speakers’ Bureau, which organized the lecture.
The event included a presentation of colors by the ROTC, a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and a question and answer session between Maddox and the audience.
After all he’s been through, Maddox wrapped up the event by saying how important it is that after you graduate you are still a Sooner, and that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
The tweets about the event were filled with awe and respect for the American hero:
— Jordan Maun (@Jordanmaun) March 28, 2013
So honored to have alumnus like Eric Maddox who have made such an impact on our country #Boomer
— Farrah Fahim (@farrahfahim) March 28, 2013
— Julie Stark (@_JulieFaye) March 28, 2013
if you didn't go listen to Eric Maddox you made a mistake. #CAC
— Ali Nutt (@alisoneva) March 28, 2013
So amazing hearing Eric Maddox speak about the capturing of Saddam Hussein and how god influenced him to do it!
— Hayley Luckock (@HayleyRenee12) March 28, 2013
People like Eric Maddox make me proud to be a Sooner! So blown away by his story! Thank you @OUCAC Speakers Bureau for an amazing event!
— Erin Bret (@erinbret16) March 28, 2013
If you were an OU Intl. Security major and didn't see Eric Maddox, you missed out….
— Lester (@LesAsamoah) March 28, 2013
Had an awesome time hearing the inspiring story of Eric Maddox, lead interrogator of the Saddam Hussein capture and @OUATO alum tonight!
— Andrew Roberts (@A_Rob38) March 28, 2013
Mind blown from Eric Maddox's story.
— Evan Schlinke (@EvanSchlinke) March 28, 2013
Not much was revealed yet about the film but an official OU twitter shared this:
@blacklistmovie He did! He mentioned meeting Rob pattinson and that he's honored that someone wants to make a movie out of his story.
— CAC (@OUCAC) March 28, 2013
Red Dawn is already associated with a film from 2012 as well as one in the 80s so this seems like a misunderstanding, which the student confirmed. More pictures from tweets and instagram were just as great – Eric with proud Sooners.