Arni's Birthday Zoom: Neil Bemenderfer

Neil Bemenderfer, a key player on Purdue's 1979 Big Ten title team, joins us in celebrating his 68th birthday. The 6-foot-1 forward/center from Rochester, Indiana, was a backup to All-American center Joe Barry Carroll and played for coaches Fred Schaus and Lee Rose after transferring to Purdue from Vanderbilt.

Bemenderfer had a long career in the legal community, most recently as a civil mediator at a company he founded, The Mediation Group, in Indianapolis. From his website:

Bemenderfer began practicing dispute resolution full-time in 2000. Neil has mediated thousands of cases and is consistently named one of the top mediators in Indiana. He mediates all types of civil litigation, including serious injury and wrongful death, complex commercial disputes and settlements, product liability, employment, construction, real estate and land use.

In addition to his work as a mediator, Neil also presides over medical panel review proceedings under Indiana's Medical Malpractice Act and is a regular speaker at seminars and trainings. He is a member of the American College of Civil Mediators, is regularly recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer (Top 50), and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and The International Who's Who of Commercial Mediation.

Neil was born and raised in Rochester, Indiana. He attended Purdue University, where he majored in English and played basketball. He is a two-time recipient of the Red Mackey Award for academic and athletic excellence. He was inducted into the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame's Silver Anniversary Team in 1999 and is a Sagamore of the Wabash. He also holds an instrument rating.

From his personal collection, Bemenderfer shared his picture from a November 1978 exhibition game in which the 6-10 Purdue center played with Soviet star Vladimir Tkachenko. Tkachenko was listed at 7-3 and might be the tallest player to ever play for Mackey (though he is officially an inch shorter than Zach Edey).

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