Is it Letterman? Ball State announcem...

Is it Letterman? Ball State announcement today

There are 117 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jul 30, 2007, titled Is it Letterman? Ball State announcement today. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Ball State University has called a news conference in Indianapolis today to announce the naming of campus building "in honor of one of the university's most prominent alumni," the school said this morning.

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Dirk Diggler

United States

#1 Jul 30, 2007
Well, then, let's get on with it...shall we?

And, please, remember folks...This is only for entertainment purposes. No wagering at home...

Paul, some music, please...

Erlanger, KY

#2 Jul 30, 2007
Finally Letterman is getting recognition, hopefully Ball State recognizing him will finally get Letterman the national attention he deserves.
Big G 73

Noblesville, IN

#3 Jul 30, 2007
A building named after David Letterman has been a long time coming.He has done so much good at Riley Hospital and Ball State not to mention the good will he has generated for the state.Way to go Dave!
Sean Greer

New Britain, CT

#4 Jul 30, 2007
He needs to help us find a GOOD basketball coach!!!

Sugar Land, TX

#5 Jul 30, 2007
Is Paul gonna be there?

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Jul 30, 2007
Can someone explain the "Mabel" de Lune outrage? Who is Mabel?
Uh Yeah

Florence, KY

#8 Jul 30, 2007
It is loooooong overdue! Letterman is the single largest individual contributer to BSU, more than even Jim Davis (Garfield). My understanding is he has endowed a scholarship in the comm area for a real C student becasue he said he was a C student and look at him.

His big running joke is that he wants them to name the football stadium after him. That was when the program was in the midst of it's long losing streak! I hope that's what they do! But any kind of recognition to the person who does more than any other individual, both in terms of donations and publicity, is well deserved!

Go Dave!

From a BSU Alum.

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Jul 30, 2007
Dave is quite an active philanthropist in the Central Indiana area. He perfers to remain anonymous in most endeavors, tho.

Just one example, the Indiana School for the Blind has been a recipient of his largess for over two decades.

You go, Dave!

Bridgeport, WV

#11 Jul 30, 2007
I'm going to laugh if someone spent all this time putting together this story and its not David Letterman.
Savage Society

Bloomington, IN

#12 Jul 30, 2007
If they are naming a building after him, then he donated enough money to warrant getting a building named after him.

United States

#13 Jul 30, 2007
As a proud BSU grad, I will be very happy if this comes true. BSU has grown by leaps and bounds right along with Dave's career. Congrats to both!
David Smith

United States

#16 Jul 30, 2007
Well I for one prefer to watch Jay Leno over Letterman... I like both but the remote stays on leno most of the time.:)

Conan rocks too!

And who is that guy that follows Letterman... he sucks so bad I can't even remember his name.

United States

#19 Jul 30, 2007
This great for the State of Indiana and Ball State University!!!!

Fort Wayne, IN

#21 Jul 30, 2007
if the new communications building is named after letterman, it will be because of a HUGE donation to build/maintain the building, not to recognize the great things he's done for ball state. i'm not disputing dave's done great things, but all the university is concerned with is how much cash he hands out.

Palo Alto, CA

#22 Jul 30, 2007
I thought he wanted I465 named after him...

Chesterfield, MO

#23 Jul 30, 2007
How can your timeline ignore the weekend weatherman role in which he uttered the infamous "Hail the size of canned hams" ?
canned hams

Indianapolis, IN

#24 Jul 30, 2007
It's raining canned hams in indy today. go dave go!
Shelly Dubinsky

Princeton, IN

#25 Jul 30, 2007
What about Ball States's other favorite son, Paul J. Wirtz? Don't rule it out.
Fact Check

Indianapolis, IN

#26 Jul 30, 2007
Are you sure it is David Letterman?

What about Jim Davis creator of Garfield?

What about Estel V. Marsh Past Chairman of Board, Marsh Supermarkets?

What about Murray M. Wise Past Director of World Bank?

What about Niel C. Ellerbrook Chairman and CEO, Vectren Corporation?

What about John H. Schnatter founder of Papa Johns Pizza?

What about Wilbur R. "Wil" Davis, Chairman, president and co-founder of Ontario Systems?

What about John Scheumann Chairman and CEO of Crossman Communities, Inc?

What about John C. Gaylor President of Gaylor Electric?

What about Kent A. Lebherz Retired President of Ameritech?

What about Patrick J. Kiely President, Indiana Manufacturers Association?

“Crazy about History (Get it?)!”

Since: Jun 07

Greenwood, Indiana

#27 Jul 30, 2007
I have never been sure if it is for spite or just the fact that he does not want all the attention he claims, but Ball State and Indianapolis have both really been unkind to Letterman for all the attention he has paid to both. He did mention 465 named after him, which would have been great for all the publicity he has given Indy over the years (the one show dedicated to all things Indianapolis -- including having the mayor on and an entire Indy audience) amonng other things. I know this is a state decision for naming rights to interstates, but for God's sake, they named 65 after Babyface (and no offense, but how much has he done for Indy? Maybe a lot, but we sure never hear about it. Besides, how many people really know he is from Indy compared to Dave)?

Ball State has been just as bad (maybe) with its refusal to name the stadium after him (which would have been a huge boost to Ball State's image) because he was not giving enough money to have it named after him (I think $3 million). Instead, no one really knows the stadium name, which is named for some older couple with a lot of money. I still call it "Letterman Stadium".

Muncie was no better -- for as many times he has talked about the city, they named an ALLEY after him! Wow. There was a big hubbub about re-naming Broadway with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard -- I know he is very important, but what exactly did he do for Muncie? What has Dave done for Muncie? A lot, and he gets an alley named for him.

Again, it may be Dave's modesty, but I do not see why some of these places trump his wishes and just name something nice after him. The TCOM building would be a great first step if that is what they choose today!

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