Above, Tim Russert, longtime host of “Meet the Press” shared a laugh with his crowd at the 2005 event. ▲ ▲ At right, ABC’s Barbara Walters recounted tales of her career in journalism at 2004’s Celebrity Forum. through the years. The MCC-TJX partnership has now expanded to include a program to create learning opportunities and career training for students enrolled at the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School. In addition to Cronkite, the Middlesex Celebrity Forum has featured retired Gen. Colin Powell, former President George Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, author David McCullough, ABC newswoman Barbara Walters, “Meet the Press” anchor Tim Russert, actress Geena Davis, father-son journalists Mike and Chris Wallace, comedian Jay Leno, Sarah Ferguson the Duchess of York, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, and “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts. Celebrity Forum has become a highlight in the Merrimack Valley event landscape, drawing a steady crowd of followers and supporters over its 13 years. Profits from the event are used to support MCC Foundation projects and also to provide scholarships for MCC students. 93