Thursday, July 22, 2010
There is a California Pennsylvania
It's been said many times before that new students occasionally show up for the first time at California University of Pennsylvania and ask for the location of the ocean.
The best alternative to the Pacific Ocean the school in Southwestern Pennsylvania has to offer them is the nearby murky Monongahela River.
Maybe this old clip from a former student's appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" will held to dispel the notion among naive students enrolling from a distance at Cal U. the school is on the West Coast. Maybe not, but the video, above, is pretty funny.
It shows a smiling Jon Reed, who hopefully has learn better driving skills since the show first aired a couple years ago, taking Letterman's challenge to parallel park a car in a tight space. Reed bumps his car several times into other parked cars, after Letterman takes a few shots at his school.
"I've never heard of the California University of Pennsylvania," Letterman quips. "There is a California Pennsylvania? I'll be darned."
After the car-parking is over, Letterman pulls out a map of Pennsylvania showing the small town circled in red along the Mon south of Pittsburgh.
Letterman said - probably jokingly - that his show's switchboard "lit up" from people wanting to know more about the borough.
What the show didn't mention was the town was founded and named after the 1849 California Gold Rush.