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Regis Philbin joins Sesquicentennial Author Series at North Central

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Regis Philbin
Regis Philbin

North Central College will host a talk by author, entertainer Regis Philbin Dec. 1 as part of the College’s Sesquicentennial Author Series presented by Anderson’s Bookshops.

Philbin’s talk begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in Wentz Concert Hall at North Central’s Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Admission for the event is by ticket, which may be purchased for $25.99 with a copy of Philbin’s latest book “How I Got This Way” at Anderson’s Bookshops’ Naperville store, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. Call 630-355-2665 or visit to learn more.

Philbin has been entertaining television audiences for more than 50 years, in daytime reigning as a game show host, and also as a fixture on national and local late-night shows. He is most widely known for “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” and its subsequent incarnation “Live! With Regis and Kelly,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “Million Dollar Password” and the first season of “America’s Got Talent.” Philbin is the recipient of five Emmy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, among other honors.

In January 2011, Philbin announced he would retire from television by year’s end. His farewell memoir, “How I Got This Way” by It Books publishers, looks back at his years in show business and is filled with stories of lessons learned—and elbows rubbed—with extraordinary and often unsuspecting teachers and, of course, longtime cohosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa, as well as his wife Joy. Philbin’s previous books include “I'm Only One Man” and “Who Wants to Be Me?”

North Central College’s 2011 Sesquicentennial Author Series began this fall with talks by Tyra Banks on Sept. 15, Caroline Kennedy on Oct. 5, Philippa Gregory on Oct. 23 and Bill Bryson on Oct. 26.

Anderson’s Bookshops specialize in book sales, author events, booksignings and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations. Based in downtown Naperville since 1878, Anderson’s operates a second location in downtown Downers Grove. Anderson’s Bookshops was named the 2011 Bookstore of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the highest honor recognizing independent booksellers. Becky Anderson Wilkins, a co-owner of Anderson’s Books, is a 1982 alumna of North Central College and current president of the American Booksellers Association.

Founded in 1861 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. With more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. Visit to learn more.

North Central College’s yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on Nov. 11, 1861, and the College’s role in helping to shape the fabric of the Naperville community. Throughout its history, North Central College alumni have distinguished themselves as leaders in the arts, sciences, business, education and many other areas of study. Numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects are planned throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit to learn more.