October 14, 2010
Fort Wayne, Ind.—Indiana Tech will host Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN, as the next guest speaker in the University Forum series.
Rasmussen’s topic will be “Sports, Patriotism and the American Dream.” His speech begins at 5:30 p.m. October 21 and will be followed by a question and answer session.
Rasmussen launched ESPN, the world’s first 24-hour cable TV network, in 1979 and has been called “The Father of Cable Sports” by USA Today. He was named to “The Sports 100,” a ranking of the most important people in American sports history by author Brad Herzog. He also was honored by Sports Illustrated as one of “Forty for the Ages,” a 1994 list of 40 people who significantly altered the world of sports.
“Sports Junkies Rejoice: The Birth of ESPN,” Rasmussen’s first-person tale of the network’s first year, was recently released in paperback.
Rasmussen is a U.S. Air Force veteran and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw University and an MBA from Rutgers University.
The Indiana Tech University Forum speaker series features a special guest each semester. Previous University Forum speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage; retired rear admiral David Nash; founder and CEO of AIT Laboratories Dr. Michael Evans; former IU football coach Bill Mallory; the Rev. Rick Hawks; and Hermene Hartman, president and CEO of Hartman Publishing Group, Inc.
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