GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, SPOKANE, WA – After reviewing school records, the Gonzaga Alumni Office discovered Thursday that the Bing Crosby that had attended Gonzaga University in the early 1920’s was not the famous singer, but rather an Asian-American accounting major.
For decades, Gonzaga University has capitalized on the success of Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby, the American actor/singer known for his crooning voice and charismatic personality. It came as a shock to school officials that the only Bing Crosby to have attended the university was Zhou ‘Bing Crosby’ Huang, a Chinese man, who graduated in 1925.
“I mean, I guess we should have checked our records more thoroughly,” admitted Harvey Trent, an employee of the Gonzaga Alumni Office. “And now we have a buildings and clubs named after him, as well as a statue. I guess we messed up on this one.”
“It was just a fun nickname his parents had given him as a kid,” David Huang, Zhou’s son, told reporters. “He didn’t even know there was anyone else named Bing Crosby until his early 40’s.”
Crosby, voted the “most admired man alive” in 1948, won 14 awards for his work in film in addition to a 2x platinum and a 4x platinum certified record. He has also been attributed with influencing singers such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
Huang had been living with his wife and son in Forsyth, MO, as an accountant for a small firm for most his life. He passed away on January 27, 1984 from heart complications.
When questioned, university officials assured local press that their plan is to “not bring it up again and just let it play out.”