Norm Compton receives Whatzup’s Liddell Award

Norm Compton

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Whatzup has presented the H. Stanley Liddell Award to individuals over the years who have made a uniquely significant contribution to the arts and culture of Fort Wayne and surrounding communities.

This year, the award was given to Norman Compton.

He oversees Access Fort Wayne, the Maker Lab, the Audio Reading Service, and 95.7FM WELT out of the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne. He also plays a key role in organizing Rock the Plaza, which offers free outdoor concerts every Saturday during the summer.

The H. Stanley Liddell Award is given to individuals who have made a uniquely significant contribution to the arts and culture of Fort Wayne and surrounding communities. Previous recipients include Alicia Pyle, Ed King, Jody Hemphill Smith, Marshall White, Harvey Cocks, and Chuck Surack. More information can be found here

Whatzup presents the H. Stanley Liddell Award to individuals who have made a uniquely significant contribution to the arts and culture of Fort Wayne and surrounding communities.

The award is named for Stan Liddell, the founder of Piere’s entertainment center and first recipient of the award (then simply called “Special Achievement Award” in 2001). Liddell passed away in February 2013; here is what Whatzup said of him at the time:

“Were it not for Stan Liddell, there would be no Whatzup. It’s as simple as that. This publication would never have survived past its second year had not Stan Liddell seen its potential to impact the arts and entertainment in Fort Wayne and made it a significant part of Piere’s marketing strategy. For nearly 16 years, Piere’s Entertainment Center occupied the back page of this publication, and that advertising investment was critical to Whatzup’s continued success over the years. In all of our dealings with Stan, we found him to be a man of generosity, fairness, honesty, kindness and vision, a man whose word was as solid as rock. H. Stanley Liddell passed away at the age of 78 on Monday, February 4, 2013. He will be sorely missed, not only by us at Whatzup, but by the Fort Wayne area’s arts community, a community upon whom his influence, though usually quiet and behind the scenes, was enormous and lasting.”