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Hear Argo’s Tony Mendez at NLGI’s 2013 Meeting!


The National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) announced today that the Keynote Address at this year’s annual meeting will be given by Tony Mendez, author of Argo, the best-selling memoir that inspired the film of the same name (winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture).

NLGI, the leading technical trade association serving the global lubricating grease and gear lubrication industry, will hold its 2013 annual meeting June 15-18 in Tucson, Ariz. The meeting marks the group’s 80th anniversary, and is expected to draw hundreds of participants from around the world. In addition to Mendez’s keynote, attendees will hear presentations focusing on lubricating grease performance, testing, applications and advances, including energy-saving and biobased greases. Grease education courses (both basic and advanced) are offered concurrent with the event, and technical working groups also meet. The event presents numerous social and networking opportunities as well.

Tony Mendez is a retired CIA officer, author and award-winning painter. Born in Eureka, Nev. (“the loneliest town on the loneliest road in America”), Tony led two lives. For 25 years he worked under cover, often overseas, in some of the most important operations of the Cold War. To his friends, he was a quiet government bureaucrat. To the CIA, he was their disguise master. Mendez and his subordinates were responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives, enabling them to move securely around the world.

As dramatized in last year’s film, Tony and his team engineered and conducted the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis. This intricate operation involved creating an ostensible Hollywood film production company, complete with personnel, scripts, publicity and real estate in L.A.

Tony’s presentation is sure to be a rousing opening to this year’s meeting. For more details, including registration and hotel information, visit

NLGI is a technical trade association serving the global lubricating grease and gear lubrication industry. For eight decades, NLGI has promoted the development, research and testing of lubricating greases and advances in lubrication technology. Its ongoing activities include Education, Professional Certification, Research, support for Industry Standards, and Annual Meetings to promote this key industry worldwide. Visit for more details.

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