Appearance by former CIA agent set for Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE – There are plenty of good seats remaining for Tuesday’s presentation by Antonio and Jonna Mendez in the Steubenville High School auditorium.

The two are scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Herald-Star Lecture Series.

Tony Mendez won numerous commendations during his 25-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency, including the Intelligence Star for Valor for his orchestration of the January 1980 rescue from Iran of six American diplomats who managed to escape when the U.S. embassy in Tehran was overrun by militants on Nov. 4, 1979.

That operation was dramatized in the Academy Award-winning film “Argo,” in which Mendez was portrayed by Ben Affleck.

His wife, Jonna, spent 27 years with the CIA. Like her husband, she served as chief of the disguise division.

Reserved seat tickets for the event cost $20 each while general admission tickets cost $15 each. Tickets will be on sale at the Herald-Star from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and will be available at the door.

Copies of the book “Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History,” which was written by Tony Mendez with Matt Baglio, are available at the Herald-Star office and will be on sale at the auditorium before and after Tuesday’s presentation.

Tony and Jonna Mendez have agreed to sign copies of the book after the event.

Major sponsors include the Franciscan University of Steubenville and Eastern Gateway Community College. Special support is being provided by Bayberry Bed and Breakfast, Apollo Pro Cleaning, Piergallini Catering, Newbrough Photo, D’Anniballe and Co. CPAs, Thrifty Car Rental and Steubenville City Schools.

See additional details about the lecture on Page 3D in today’s edition.