Gov. Don Sundquist has published a leather bound, 100-page book entitled “The Courage to Make a Difference” and sent it to universities, public schools and public libraries across the state.
Several past governors of Tennessee have issued similar books for use as historical references.
Sundquist’s “legacy” book, comprised mostly of photographs documenting his eight years in office, also includes narrative written by his speech writers, excerpts from his various State of the State addresses, newspaper clippings and biographical information on his Cabinet selections and judicial appointments.
Sundquist funded “The Courage to Make a Difference” with a portion of his leftover campaign money. Five thousand copies were printed.
One chapter, entitled, “Tackling Tax Reform,” reveals that “tax reform was the right approach but neither the business sector nor the public at large was ready.”
One full page of “The Courage to Make a Difference” is dedicated to pictures of Sundquist’s dogs.
Another page is devoted to photos of the Sundquists handing out candy to trick-or-treaters at the executive residence on Halloween. In those photos, Sundquist is dressed up as Bozo the Clown.