Condoleezza Rice


Condoleezza Rice. Say it with me now, con-do-leez-za-rice.

Whatever you think of her politics, you gotta love that name. And she’s so…so…

But I digress.

Ms. Rice has something of an elusive FirstMention. The first appearance of her name in print may well have been her dissertation, a 373-page tome with the fetching title, The politics of client command: party-military relations in Czechoslovakia : 1948-1975, which was published in 1981 at the University of Denver.

Ms. Rice’s first post-university publication appeared soon after, in the January-February 1982 issue of Air University Review. and covered an equally fascinating topic, The Problem of Military Elite Cohesion in Eastern Europe: the case of Czechoslovakia.

Then, on March 22, 1984, she makes her first newspaper appearance (that I can find…I suspect there are earlier ones) in the Los Angeles Times.

And the world hasn’t been the same since.


Our FirstMention research is carried out in many sources, including historical newspaper archives, online family history records, state archives, and old books.