Pick up any Cornell brochure, and you’ll see that the names of a couple prominent alums are always mentioned. Cornell students like to tout that quite a few successful people have attended the school–among them E.B. White, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justice), Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill Maher, and Christopher Reeve. Just yesterday I had the chance of meeting another pretty famous Cornellian–national TV personality Keith Olbermann ’79. How did this happen, you ask?
As I’ve referenced in an earlier post, I’m on the Cornell University Program Board (CUPB)–the group that brings entertainers, speakers, etc. to campus (not to be confusedwith the Concert Commission, which is music-only). This means that, when it was announced that prominent sportscaster, reporter, and media personality Keith Olbermann was coming to campus to speak, I was able to usher for the show and attend a meet-and-greet after with him. (For more details on the actual show, click here.)
The show–which entailed him talking about his time in Ithaca (and his not-so-stellar academic career), delivering a brief politically-charged speech, and hosting a question and answer session–was very well-done. I’m not going to go into my political views here, but I can certainly say that regardless of whether you’re conservative or liberal, it was cool to see a man of such power and influence speak.
So anyways, after the show he stuck around to sign some autographs for the general public, then attended the reception. He was very social, and eager to meet everyone. He made a couple joking comments to me about the size of my CUPB polo(okay…maybe I should have ordered a medium instead of a large), then I went up to him and talked for a little bit (about what, I’m not really sure..I was kind of starstruck). I remember mentioning something along the lines of “Hey! I’m a blogger for the Cornell website…mind if I snap a picture with you for it?” and he was more than willing to do so. For such a powerful, prominent guy, I was really shocked to see how much he was interested in the students at his alma mater. Here’s the photo:
So, I guess I’ve had a pretty star-studded freshman year! If you remember, I said a while back how I happened to run into Stephen Colbert after the Rally to Restore Sanity.
In other news, I’ve been busy lately with work. Papers and exams keep piling up, and I’m definitely plowing through it all–slowly but surely. Hey, if Keith Olbermann never went to class–and often scheduled classes that met during the same time just because he could–maybe I won’t be over my head after all.
Happy Wednesday, and Cornell Decision Day!