Larry Aiken had dabbled in entertainment before he made his national television debut from a set in the NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center at the age of 12. By the time he was 6, he’d transformed tin cans into a toy microphone to broadcast make-believe radio shows from his bedroom window. But it was his skill as a young promoter that landed him in New York City in 1952 for an appearance on We, the People, a popular interview program featuring celebrities, politicians, and regular folks with interesting lives.
February / March 2009
Before University of Southern Indiana President H. Ray Hoops officially retires this summer, just weeks before his 70th birthday, he’s likely to be lauded publicly for a 15-year tenure marked by dramatic growth. No doubt he’ll be hailed for a litany of measurable accomplishments that include more than quadrupling the university’s annual operating budget from $22 million to $100 million, overseeing the construction of $219 million in new or expanded facilities, and growing enrollment by 34 percent to an increasingly diverse student body of 10,000.
Derrick Stewart has come a long way from his first job at the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana: teaching computer lessons to kids at age 17. Now 31, Stewart is one of the youngest CEOs — and the first African-American one — ever to lead the local organization in its 150-year history. The Evansville native, who attended Evansville Christian School and Bosse High School, graduated from Indiana University in 1999 with a business/finance degree.