NOV 01] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY NEWS
Pop Idol Pete Honoured By Cov Uni
music mogul Pete Waterman, the man who found fame and fortune
for Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Bananarama and Steps, among
others, and known currently as 'Poison Pete' to fans of ITV's
Pop Idol show, has been honoured by Coventry University.
was made an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration for his
services to the pop music industry at a ceremony today in
his eulogy, University Vice-Chancellor Michael Goldstein spoke
about Pete's remarkable and varied life, telling the audience
how Pete didn't start school until he was seven, could still not
read or write by the age of eleven, yet went on to break all
records in the pop music industry.
now owns an impressive collection of Ferrari's," said the
Vice-Chancellor, "several hundred million pounds worth of
railway rolling stock, a prize-winning collection of Koi carp
and still writes and produces hit records!"
the Cathedral to applaud Pete Waterman and acknowledge his
achievements were several previous recipients of Honorary
Degrees, including athlete Dave Moorcroft, Baby Lifeline founder
Judy Ledger and former BBC radio and TV presenter Stuart Linnell.
University also conferred Honorary Degrees this week on Pru
Poretta, former Coundon Court school head teacher David
Kershaw, George Jackson, Roger Faulkner and Lynda Arlidge.