Galen (, in full Claudius Galenus DT1a c.)
130 -- 201 AD
Greek physician, born in Pergamum, Mysia. He studied medicine at Pergamum, Smyrna, Corinth, and Alexandria, and later lived in Rome. He was a voluminous writer on medical and philosophical subjects, and gathered up all the medical knowledge of his time, thus becoming the authority used by subsequent Greek and Roman medical writers.|
Political writer and author Mark Halperin has described Rich Galen as: "An ageless creative force; one part Huck Finn; two parts Yoda."
Rich has been press secretary to Dan Quayle, when the former Vice President was a Congressman and a U.S. Senator; and to Newt Gingrich when Gingrich was House Republican Whip and, in 1996 became the communications director of the political office of Speaker Gingrich.
Rich also has extensive non-US business and political experience. At the time of the dissolution of the Communist governments in Eastern Europe, he was one of a select number of Americans sent over to help build a democratic political infrastructure. He spent a significant amount of time in Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and what was then Czechoslovakia.
In 1992, Mr. Galen went to work for Electronic Data Systems as the director of a new organization known as the Emerging Markets Group where he designed and implemented a plan to help EDS expand its service offerings into new geographic areas.
Under Mr. Galen's guidance, EDS established operations in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt. He managed a staff which was located on three continents, in four time zones, covering three work weeks, and which spoke four languages.
In 2003-2004, at the request of the White House, Rich did a tour of duty in Iraq. The assignment - which was to have lasted about eight weeks, stretched into six months. While there, he was responsible for bringing the message of the positive aspects of what the coalition was doing in Iraq back to Middle America.
Since March, 1998, Mr. Galen has written an on-line political column - Mullings.com - which reaches some 400,000 people per month and is considered required reading by senior reporters and political operatives around the country.
He has also spent a great deal of time in the developing world in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe on missions with the International Republican Institute, Legacy International, and the ONE Campaign.
In Washington, DC, Mr. Galen is an often quoted source for many of the major American news outlets. He has maintained excellent contacts with all of the networks, major daily newspapers, major news weeklies as well as the Associated Press and Reuters wire services. He is also a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN.
Rich and his wife, Susan, live in Virginia. They have one grown son, Reed.
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