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PLANNING IS KEY TO LEE INAUGURATION

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For most people, a party is a success if it includes good food, fun games and the right people, but imagine planning a party for more than 11,000 people.

It takes all those elements, plus a thousand other details, to pull off a successful inauguration like the one scheduled for Friday to mark Rex E. Lee's installment as the 10th president of Brigham Young University.George H. Bowie, chairman of the inaugural committee, has spent almost four months organizing the event, along with 23 full-time university employees. Not only do they have to worry about menus, activities and invitations but about transportation and where to seat delegates and other guests at the various events.

Inauguration activities will begin at 9:15 a.m. with a processional from the Smoot Administration Building to

he Marriott Center. The inauguration ceremony will start at 10 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

The inaugural address will be given by Byron R. White, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Lee served as White's law clerk in 1963.

The official installation ceremony and Charge to the President will be given by President Thomas S. Monson, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Church President Ezra Taft Benson will preside and Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency, will conduct the ceremonies.

Inauguration activities will continue with a luncheon where Jon M. Huntsman, chairman and chief executive officer of Huntsman Chemical Corp., will speak. That afternoon a reception will be held to honor Lee and his wife, Janet, followed by three balls from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Wilkinson Center Ballroom, Harris Fine Arts Center and Oak Hills Stake Center. The Lees will make an appearance at each ball.

Friday's schedule appears manageable for any partygoer, but getting to that point is what takes months of planning, Bowie said.

Planning the inauguration has not been as tiring physically as it has been mentally, Bowie said. "It's mentally taxing because the university's reputation is at stake. For many who will be coming, this will be their only time on campus. We want to make sure it's as organized as it can be."

Just sending the invitations was a major ordeal, he said. The guest list of 11,500 and the invitations that go with it were so extensive that Data-Perfect - WordPerfect database software - is being used to coordinate invitations and RSVP lists.

A full-time person was hired to run the computer program for the inauguration and to oversee the assembling and addressing of the invitations. The invitation itself consisted of 20 components including an invitation for each event and RSVP cards. The number of components included depended on the guest.

Ten students were hired to hand address the invitations - but only after their handwriting passed the test of inauguration organizers. They spent two weeks completing the task.

Such inaugurations are as ceremonious as the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery, but Lee's inauguration will have a higher profile because of his association with the nation's top politicians.

Lee served as U.S. solicitor general from 1981 to 1985 and assistant U.S. attorney general from 1975 to 1976. He has also maintained close ties with BYU and was the founding dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1972.

Invitations were sent to such VIPs as President George Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle, former President Ronald Reagan and members of the Cabinet and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gov. Norm Bangerter and Lt. Gov. Val Oveson will be in attendance. Utah's congressional delegation, however, will be in Washington, D.C., for an important vote.