I remember one afternoon, as I sat watching a nationally televised broadcast of a Purdue home football game, Curt Gowdy, NBC’s announcer, opened with a statement welcoming the viewing audience to “Lafayette, Indiana, home of the Purdue Boilermakers.” That really set me off because the University was, in fact, located across the Wabash River in West Lafayette, an independent community with a mayor all of its own.
Hell bent on putting the misinformed announcer in his place, I called the broadcast booth to inform him that he needed to let the world know that he’d misspoken. Well, I didn’t actually get through to him but the individual I did speak with did because in a matter of minutes Curt went out of his way to correct his mistake and to issue a personal apology.
To my surprise when I told Dad about the incident, he quietly opened a drawer next to the kitchen table and pulled out a letter from the University that clearly showed its mailing address as Lafayette.
To this day a smile comes to my face every time I watch a Purdue home game and the announcer opens with. “Welcome to West Lafayette, home of the Purdue Boilermakers.”
As I write this it dawns on me that I never bothered to check to see if the University had subsequently changed its address. Well, I just went online and discovered that it did. I wonder when that happened.
Smiles all around.