Around 5:30 p.m. Friday Ben Vereen came walking into East Tennessee State University’s D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium with a smile on his face that was instantly contagious to those around him.
Vereen was far from his usual stomping grounds, such as the various theaters in New York City’s Broadway district and from the set of the popular TV show “How I Met Your Mother,” where he has a reoccurring role.
In fact, it was a new experience for the entertainer, who was invited to speak at 7 p.m. in the auditorium before ETSU students, faculty, staff and the general public. The event, sponsored by the Office of Disability Services and Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, was one Vereen was quick to say he was honored to be lecturing.
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