January 8, 1995.
On this day, national news outlets reported that former Vice President Dan Quayle, who had entered University Hospital on the IUPUI campus days before to have an emergency appendectomy operation, had had in fact a rare benign tumor in his appendix. According to the New York Times, the growth was a "cyst-like tumor containing mucous and known to doctors as mucinous cystadenoma."
At the time, Quayle, 47, a 1974 graduate of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis (now the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law) of IUPUI, was poised to announce his candidacy for the presidency. Significant media attention followed his admission to hospital and the diagnosis of his condition. In the days after entering University Hospital both national and local newspapers reported on his stay. The Indianapolis News, then owned by the Pulliam family, of which Quayle was a member, stated that the vice president's political backers were not dismayed or discouraged by his hospitalization. Following the appendectomy, news outlets reported that tests showed no presence of cancer. The report of the mucinous cystadenoma put to rest worries over his condition or ability to run for the presidency. Physicians released him from hospital shortly thereafter. Nonetheless, in February Quayle decided not to run for the office.
In 1999, Quayle again announced his intention to run for the presidency in 2000, but a poor showing in an Iowa poll prompted the Indiana native once more to withdraw.
During his political career, as congressman, senator, and vice president, Quayle visited the IUPUI campus frequently. At least one of those visits cast the national political spotlight on IUPUI.
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