DROPOUT GIVES CSUN MILLIONS MIKE CURB'S GIFT RECORD FOR SCHOOL.
Byline: BRENT HOPKINS Staff Writer
In 1963, a young musician named Mike Curb Michael Curb (born December 24, 1944 in Savannah, Georgia) is an American musician, record company executive, race car owner (in both NASCAR and IRL), and politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of California from 1979 until 1983. He is a member of the Republican Party. dropped out of what would become California State University, Northridge CSUN offers a variety of programs leading to bachelor's degrees in 61 fields and master's degrees in 42 fields. The university has over 150,000 alumni. It's also home to a summer musical theater/theater program known as TADW (TeenAge Drama Workshop) that leads teenagers through an . On Wednesday, the dropout (1) On magnetic media, a bit that has lost its strength due to a surface defect or recording malfunction. If the bit is in an audio or video file, it might be detected by the error correction circuitry and either corrected or not, but if not, it is often not noticed by the human paid his respects with a $10 million gift.
CSUN CSUN California State University Northridge will use the money -- the largest cash contribution in its history -- for its College of Arts, Media and Communication; to endow a faculty chair in music industry studies; and for the Imagine the Arts Center, a proposed $100 million performing-arts venue.
The performing-arts center, long sought by the university and its boosters to provide a major cultural draw to the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. , will receive half the gift. This puts the dreamed-of development another step closer to reality and the private fundraising effort significantly closer to the goal.
Back when Curb, owner of the Nashville-based independent record label that bears his name, entered the school, there was no hint of the cultural mecca he now supports or of the fact that he would go on to become California's lieutenant governor lieutenant governor
n. Abbr. Lt. Gov.
1. An elected official ranking just below the governor of a state in the United States.
2. The nonelective chief of government of a Canadian province. .
In 1962, he was fresh out of Grant High School, where he sang in the choir and lettered in tennis. His band played frat parties at San Fernando Valley State College, as CSUN was known in those days, and he developed a fondness for West Coast rock `n' roll.
``It all started at San Fernando Valley State College,'' Curb said. ``There were some very nice people there who were kind enough to let me use the facilities while I was waiting for my mom. None of this would have happened without that.''
At the time, his family had just one car -- a durable 1953 Chevrolet that Curb shared with his parents. After leaving their Sherman Oaks home and dropping off his father, an attorney, at his downtown office, the son and his mother made the trip back to the campus.
He took music and general-education classes. His mother studied for her teaching credential A United States teaching credential is a basic multiple or single subject credential obtained upon completion of a bachelor's degree and prescribed professional education requirements. .
Her program required long hours in the library, so the 18-year-old Curb hung around with the guys in the music department, playing the piano and recording sketches of songs. One turned into ``You Meet The Nicest People on a Honda (Go Little Honda),'' which became a hit jingle and got Curb $3,000.
He quit school, started a record label and went on to enjoy a long, successful career in the music business.
He worked with Brian Wilson, Gloria Gaynor Gloria Gaynor (born Gloria Fowles September 7, 1949) is an American singer, best-known for the disco era hits "I Will Survive" (Hot 100 #1, 1979), "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Hot 100 #9, 1974), "Let Me Know (I Have A Right)" (Hot 100 #42, 1980) and "I Am What I Am" (Hot 100 and the Osmonds. He eventually wrote 400 songs, and his company churned out more than 250 records that hit No. 1.
And yet, he was never quite satisfied with the path he chose.
``It was a struggle,'' he said. ``I had an office on the Sunset Strip The Sunset Strip is the name given to the mile and a half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood, California. It extends from West Hollywood's east border with Hollywood at Marmont Lane to its west border with Beverly Hills at Phyllis street. , but my sister and I lived in the janitor's section of the office building because we couldn't afford an apartment. I always regretted leaving school.''
Truncating his formal education didn't hurt him professionally or politically, as he went on to serve four years as California lieutenant governor -- 1979-1983, including nearly a year as acting governor when then-Gov. Jerry Brown For the whistleblower, see .
Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. (born April 7, 1938), is the Attorney General for the state of California. Brown has had a lengthy political career spanning terms on the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees (1969-1971), as California was out of state.
His bid for the Republican Party's nomination for governor foundered in a hard-fought 1982 campaign that was won by George Deukmejian, who went on to serve two terms.
CSUN acknowledged Curb earlier this year with a distinguished alumnus ALUMNUS, civil law. A child which one has nursed; a foster child. Dig. 40, 2, 14. award, which led to a conversation between Curb and university President Jolene Koester.
Koester explained plans to build the ambitious Imagine the Arts Center, a performing-arts facility and learning center tentatively set to open in 2009. The state will fund half the bill, with the other $50 million from private donations. Curb was so taken with the project that he agreed to pitch in, bringing the school's fundraising to nearly $15 million to date.
``I'd had conversations with him about what he wanted to support, but I was thrilled and delighted when he made the commitment,'' Koester said.
In addition to the $5 million set aside for the center, Curb's gift will help improve the Music Industry Studies program. For the past 12 years, the 125-student program has taught the business side of creativity, something Curb wishes he'd studied during his school days.
``We'll expand the program's reach a bit and make it more effective,'' said Joel Leach, a music professor who heads it. ``We've got a yearlong recording project where the class finds an artist, records them and develops a media kit to send out to the industry. We've been doing it for $1,500 a year, so now we can put more money into that.''
For years, Curb never even called himself an alumnus -- to avoid seeming to take credit for a degree he never earned.
Now, to show appreciation for his largesse lar·gess also lar·gesse
a. Liberality in bestowing gifts, especially in a lofty or condescending manner.
b. Money or gifts bestowed.
2. Generosity of spirit or attitude. , Koester plans to ask the Board of Trustees board of trustees Politics The posse of thugs who oversee an institution's administration. See Board of directors. to rename CSUN's arts college. It would be the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication.
``If I'd had a college education, I could have had this happen faster,'' Curb said. ``It seems like it took forever to get to where it is.''