Pitt students win 'Colbert Report' TV show's treasure hunt

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Four University of Pittsburgh engineering students have earned their school a visit from the leader of Colbert Nation: Stephen Colbert.

A few weeks back, Mr. Colbert announced on his late-night Comedy Central television show that he would be selling 1,000 "Colbert Super PAC Super Fun Pack" boxes, featuring a variety of silly, PAC-related merchandise and a treasure map.

That map ultimately led hunters to Dixon, Ill. -- hometown of Ronald Reagan -- and the prize: a 101-year-old sterling silver antique bell shaped like a turtle.

Colbert greets Pitt grad Daniel Stough

Stephen Colbert will be dropping by the University of Pittsburgh Jan. 18, the reward for four engineering grad students who cracked the difficult "Colbert Super PAC Super Fun Pack" puzzle last year. (1/11/2013)

In the closing moments of Thursday's program, Mr. Colbert welcomed one of the Pitt students, Penn Hills native Dan Stough. He presented him with the turtle and asked which college or university he'd be visiting. When Mr. Stough told him "University of Pittsburgh," Mr. Colbert threw up his arms and yelled "Woo-hoo! It's in driving distance!"

The students are in the bioengineering/chemical engineering departments in Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering. The three other students involved in cracking the clues ("I hope it wasn't too hard," Mr. Colbert said. "It was ridiculous," answered Mr. Stough.) were Daniela Aizpitarte of Eagle, Idaho, Ben Zaczek of Higganum, Conn. and Justine Buchman, of Saylorsburg, Pa.

They also visited the show Thursday. Mr. Colbert, who is taking a two-week break from live shows, will be visiting the Oakland campus in the fall.

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Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478.


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