On This Day in IUPUI History: May 23, 1994

May 23, 1994. 

On this day, former Vice President Dan Quayle, alumnus of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, had a book-signing event for his recently released book, Standing Firm. The event was held in the University Place Conference Center, what is now Hine Hall, and was billed as a fundraiser for the IU Cancer Center on the IU Medical Center campus, part of the IUPUI campus. A fundraising dinner followed the book signing. 

Quayle, a 1974 graduate of the School of Law in Indianapolis, later served in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate from Indiana. In 1988 he ran for vice president on a ticket with George H.W. Bush and won election. Bush and Quayle lost to Bill Clinton and Albert Gore in 1992. In 1994 Quayle was preparing to seek the Republican Party nomination for president in the 1996 election. His book, a memoir, focused on his four years as vice president and offered explanations for the Bush/Quayle election defeat of 1992. With the book, Quayle aimed to position himself for the White House. However, as this blog noted (see our post of January 8), he encountered health problems in early 1995 and following a hospitalization in University Hospital bowed out of the quest for the presidency. 

Vice President Dan Quayle (left) with IUPUI chancellor Gerald Bepko, 1991 UA24-002360n

To learn more about Quayle and other notable IUPUI alums, please consult records in the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives. You can send queries to speccoll@iupui.edu.

Updated May 23, 2019 by Editor Name Missing