As a Peabody Award-winning investigative correspondent for CNN, Drew Griffin has covered a famine in Somalia, gang violence in El Salvador and shoddy service at VA hospitals.
Those places had nothing on his last apartment in Champaign.
“The Birch suite in the Arbor Apartments on Gregory Street was my one-bedroom hangout for much of my few years in Champaign,” says Griffin, who got his start in TV at WICD.
“I don´t want to call it a dump, because it most likely still exists, and at a price far beyond what I paid back in the ’80s. But believe me: The doors were so thin, you didn´t need a peephole to see who was knocking.
“The one redeeming value was the all-white tile bathroom with a drain in the center of the floor. My roommate and I would clean the bathroom once a week by boiling a pot of water on the stove, walking it into the bathroom and literally just tossing it over the sink, toilet, shower, walls — and it would all just drain away. No soap required.
“The entire operation took 30 seconds and it was the cleanest bathroom I have ever had.”