Leonard Lopate: Grab the Opportunities

June 25, 2008 | Brooklyn College, CUNY Lecture Series

There’s more to life “than simply finding an occupational niche and making the big bucks,” Leonard Lopate, host of WNYC’s “The Leonard Lopate Show” for more than 20 years, told Brooklyn College’s class of 2008. Lopate, whose guests have run the celebrity gamut from Bono to Bloomberg and everyone in between, advised the graduates to grab opportunities as they come up, because they might not come again. Lopate, recipient of Brooklyn College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, spoke about growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant and his first job as a gospel music DJ on WBAI. “I hope that your years at Brooklyn College have inspired you to continue to question conventional wisdom and have alerted you to the dangers of becoming cynical, or losing your sense of intellectual curiosity,” he said.
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