Keeping up with Kevin: Tales from Southern California

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Kevin Corbett, president of the KU Alumni Association, recently spent a couple days in southern California meeting with students and alumni– including famous funnyman Rob Riggle, c’93. He also enjoyed unexpected encounters with other fans and alumni, proving that Jayhawks really are everywhere.

I was in Los Angeles to help KU’s Office of Admissions with a “Home for the Holidays” recruitment event held at Dana, b’56, and Sue Anderson’s home. The Andersons’ granddaughter Amy will attend KU in fall 2013. Seventy two people attended the event: 25 high school students, 35 guests/parents, 5 current KU students from the L.A. area who were home for winter break and seven alumni.

A similar event was also held in Austin that same day at the home of Lori, b’92, and Mark Piening. Lori is a member of the Alumni Association’s national board of directors.

img_robriggle_conanDuring the trip, I called on donors to the Alumni Association and checked to see if Rob had time for lunch. He responded by inviting me to be his guest Monday night at the Conan O’Brien Show.

When I entered the Warner Brothers studio, I immediately saw a young man with a hooded KU sweatshirt on. I said “Rock Chalk!” and introduced myself to him– and discovered that the gentleman was Chris Frederick, c’10, son of the late KU athletics director Bob Frederick and Margey Frederick! Chris works for Rob in Los Angeles and travels the country with the Riggles.

Also on the show that night was singer Chris Mann, who finished fourth in the 2012 The Voice competition. I noticed that he was originally from Wichita so of course I had to introduce myself. Although Chris attended Vanderbilt University, he loves the Jayhawks! In fact, he will be singing the national anthem at Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 16 when KU takes on Texas. I invited Chris and his family to our Presidents Club pregame event that day.

I spent most of the show in the green room visiting with Rob and his lovely wife Tiffany, who is a Topeka native and Kansas State graduate.

I didn’t get to meet Conan, but the show was a nice way to end a busy two days in SoCal. By the way, the 24-mile drive from Burbank back to the airport hotel took an hour and twenty minutes. At least it was dark, I had a small rental car and I had no idea where the GPS was taking me. Blind faith!

Stay tuned for more stories from Kevin as he meets with KU alumni, fans, friends and students across the country.

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