MOUNT PLEASANT - Hall of fame and legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg, a 1957 Central Michigan broadcasting graduate, is immortalized inside the newly constructed CMU Events Center atrium with a bust that stands next to the Dr. Alan and Arlene Quick ticket office.
Todd Anson - Mount Pleasant native, 1977 CMU alum and CMU Development Board member - put the recognition of Enberg into action. He remembers listening to Enberg, currently the San Diego Padres' television play-by-play announcer, who quickly became his hero.
"I've been fortunate enough to watch him behind the scenes," said Anson, now a close friend of Enberg. "The guy never stops impressing me. He's the hardest working guy in broadcasting."
The Mount Pleasant native, who along with his wife, Teresa, is responsible for funding the project, drew inspiration from the bust of legendary University of Michigan head football coach Bo Schembechler in Ann Arbor, Mich. That led him to call on sculptor John Thomas and then speak with CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke to get the idea cleared.
"I was delighted when Dave said the sculpture would be put in the entrance," Anson said.
"We are truly thankful to Todd and Terri for making this special recognition of Dick Enberg a reality and for their generous support of the CMU Events Center Campaign," said Heeke. "It is only fitting that we recognize one of our most celebrated alums in one of our most widely-used buildings that is a gathering place for the university community and its many visitors."
The bust captures Enberg's thumbs-up pose he gave to graduates at his commencement speech in 1980.
"This is just one more reflection of the overall excellence that CMU stands for as we continue to push this University to even greater heights," said Heeke.
"It's an extraordinary honor to be remembered in classic sculpture, a long way from my youth, picking apples on our farm in Armada, Mich.," said Enberg. "I hope it will serve as a visual reminder that through education we all have the opportunity to enjoy success. I humbly thank my alma mater, CMU, for taking a total 'nobody' in 1952 and providing the full opportunity to become 'somebody'. I'm certain I speak for tens of thousands."
The Ansons also donated to the CMU Events Center project and have an endowed scholarship.