David Letterman Retuns to Ball State For Building Dedication

LETTERMAN HEADS BACK TO SCHOOL FOR BUILDING HONOR: David Letterman took a trip back to his alma mater to see a new communications building named after him.

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The CHICAGO TRIBUNE reports Letterman headed back to Muncie, Indiana, for the dedication of the $21 million David Letterman Communication and Media Building at Ball State University.

The “Late Show” host attended the school, where he managed to graduate in 1970 with a 2.0 average, or what he called “an ugly 2.0.” It was his first time back on campus since a 1979 homecoming visit.

Ball State Cardinals mascot


During the festivities, when his 3-year-old son Harry spotted Ball State’s mascot Charlie Cardinal, he declared, “Daddy, there’s a dancing parrot!

As BSU has struggled in the Mid-American Conference, Dave has done his best to keep their spirits up. During a football losing streak in 2000, he reported on the Cardinals’ progress (or lack thereof) on his show, and even had Magic Johnson give the Cards a pep talk.

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Although he’s jokingly insisted on-air that there needed to be a David Letterman Stadium on campus, in reality Dave had to be talked into lending his name to the new communications complex.

But there seems to be atheltic progress, as the Cardinals manhandled Eastern Michigan 38-16 last week, and have a fair chance against Navy this weekend.

Ball State football


Then there’s the following visit to Nebraska. Dave may need to lighten the team up after they get lit up by the Huskers.