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Friday, July 21, 2017

43 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

43 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Eric Harmon


Today’s photo is of Eric Harmon, who lettered for Clemson at right guard from 1987-1990.

Harmon was a 6-foot-1, 282-pound lineman who started over 40 games which (at the time) was more than any other offensive lineman in school history.

During his senior season, Harmon led the Tigers with 38 knockdowns and had 235 for his career, 11 shy of the school career record.

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July 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Classic Tailgating Car And Fiberglass Tiger


 (Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are of a great looking classic car decked out in Tiger Orange!

The above picture was taken on a fall afternoon in Clemson prior to a football game in the mid 1960’s. The car would show up at almost every home football game, and this picture was taken in the Tillman Hall loop.

If you notice, the car has the number ’42 on the side door panel. I believe the significance of the ’42 is to honor the class of 1942 and their 25th Anniversary of graduation (which would have been in 1967).

Below is a black and white picture taken of the car with member of the class of 1942 standing beside it. Worth notice from this class of students…almost all of them upon graduation would have entered the service and fought in World War II, which we had just entered in December of 1941 (just 4 months before the Class of ’42 graduated). Therefore, this picture may represent a majority of that depleted Class of ’42, many of which perished fighting for our nation.


After posting the blog last June with the above photo, I received an email from Terry Pierce who updated me on the current location of the fiberglass Tiger that was seen above the classic Clemson car from the 1960’s that was posted in the original blog. Terry sent me some updated pictures of the Tiger and here is the excerpt from his email:

The story behind the Tiger comes from the late Ruby Ellenburg. Mrs. Ruby Ellenburg, who lived on Flat Rock Road in Liberty, bought the Tiger in the late sixties or early seventies for her daughter-in-law Brenda who is a Clemson grad. Brenda wasn't impressed so Ruby stuck it under the bushes in front of her house where only its head was visible. There it stayed until 2007.


My in-laws lived next door to the Ellenburg’s and during a visit my wife decided she just had to have that Tiger so she called Brenda who was glad to be rid of it. So we cleaned it up, loaded it into the SUV and took it home to Lenoir City, Tennessee.

The Tiger is fiberglass and at one time had wooden fangs. Unfortunately, although overall it survived thirty years outdoors relatively unscathed, all but one of its fangs have rotted away and only the nails that they were attached to remain.


Also it had a wooden base but it was in pretty bad shape so we removed it too. Now he just prowls my basement and the cat plays on him! I wish I knew more about who Ruby bought the Tiger from but unfortunately no one thought to ask her before she passed.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Shop In 1950’s

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Today’s photo is of Dan’s Sandwich Shop (Current Location of TD’s) in the 1950’s. This corner has a long history at Clemson with a variety of restaurants occupying the space.

Early in the 1940’s a restaurant named College Cafe occupied the space. In 1952, Dan Gentry opened Dan's Restaurant directly across from the town's post office and served hamburgers. "Judge" Keller would walk up from his store for lunch there.

After a fire in 1965, Dan set-up cooking burgers on the sidewalk outside the next day. Gentry would later purchase the building beside his original Dan’s and expand into the biggest hamburger joint in Clemson during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Tomorrow, I will have some pictures of the expanded Dan’s.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

45 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

45 Days Until Kickoff!

Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day

Justin Watts


Justin Watts played wide receiver at Clemson from 1996-2000.

Watts came to Clemson as a heralded quarterback prospect from South Florence. In his first week of practice, he moved to wide receiver.

In the 10th game of his freshman year, Watts tore his knee up and a year later tore up his other knee against Florida State.

That prompted the very unusual circumstance of lettering 5 years in a sport. Watts became the first Clemson football player since 1919 to earn five letters.

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July 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Memorial Stadium From The Air In 1955

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Today’s photo is from high above Memorial Stadium at halftime of a game in 1955. As you can see from the picture, Clemson Cadets are coming back into the stands after being on the field at halftime.

The 1955 Tigers were 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the ACC, which was good enough for a 3rd place finish in the ACC. The Tiger QB’s in 1955 were Charlie Bussey and Don King. Joel Wells and Billy O’Dell were the running backs on that team.

This was the last year that Clemson was a military institution. This group of Cadets on the field in this picture were the last group to have this honor at Clemson.

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