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TV show features COMS instructor Matt Swan to probe mystery of James Dean’s evil Porsche

April 23, 2012
Matthew J. Swan

Matthew J. Swan

You can catch NIU communication instructor Matthew Swan on TV this week.

Swan will appear at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, on the Travel Channel’s TV show, “Mysteries at the Museum.”

The episode looks into the legend of “James Dean’s Evil Car,” and the show’s promo already prominently features Swan, who recently received this year’s Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award.

“I knew a lot already about Dean’s career,” said Swan, adding that his interview was filmed last December at the Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe.

“The show’s producers sent me a lot of material about the Porsche and the weird scary stuff that happened with the wreckage after the Dean’s famous fatal accident,” he added.

So was the Porsche really evil? Well, Swan says, you’ll have to tune in to find out.