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Al Gore - the former vice president of the United States, Oscar winner for his “An Inconvenient Truth” documentary about global warming, and a heavily rumored possible candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination – has cancelled his long-scheduled speaking engagement at next week’s Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Show in Chicago.

According to Michael Sansolo, senior vice president at FMI, “We had a contract since last summer with Harry Walker Agency for Vice President Gore. Extensive preparatory work had been done when suddenly Gore cancelled for ‘personal reasons’ on Thursday. We have been given no other information beyond that.

“We're excited that by working with our convention partners we have built an excellent replacement program focusing on two of the major challenges in the business world today: management and the environment. We have confirmed Marc Gunther of Fortune magazine as one speaker for that Sunday. He writes about how companies are undertaking environmental initiatives. One recent cover story by Marc examined companies with an outstanding record of addressing environmental issues.

“We are hoping to confirm a second speaker shortly--the topic will be management challenges.”
KC's View:
One never wishes bad news on anybody. But we hope that Gore has a very good excuse for not showing up.

Memo to Mr. Gore: If you want people to follow you on your quest to save the world, or you want people to vote for you, the first thing you have to do is live up to your commitments.

One other thing. We’re not saying that Gore was going to be a surprise guest at the annual MNB wine party…but we will say that this turn of events means that there will be more wine and nibbles for those who do show up at Bin 36 in Chicago from 6-7:30 on Sunday night.