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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Lever Hall Under Construction In 1967

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)
I believe this picture was taken in the fall of 1967 based on several clues in the picture.

In this picture, you can see Lever Hall under construction. Lever Hall would be completed in 1968, approximately 6 months after this picture was taken.

Since this is obviously the fall based on the colors of the trees, there are only two months (max) left in the year. That is why I think the picture was taken in the fall of 1967 instead of the fall of 1968.

I just can’t imagine that Lever Hall, based on the picture, could have been completed within two months of this picture being taken.

You can also see Manning Hall in the picture as it was completed in 1967. Byrnes Hall is missing from the picture and would not be completed until 1970. I assume they started on Lever after finishing Manning and I assume they started on Byrnes after they finished Lever.

Like most great college campuses, Clemson is spectacular in the fall. In this picture the leaves are turning orange and the campus has the feel of fall and cooler temperatures.

Assuming this is the fall of 1967, the Clemson football team would be in the midst of a 6-4 season which sounds very average. But the Tigers were 6-0 in the ACC, which was good for 1st place.

Clemson would play Maryland and NC State on November 11 and November 18….sometime very close to when this picture was taken. The Tigers, under Frank Howard, would also beat the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia during this season.

The neat thing to me about the 1967 team is that it was made up almost exclusively of the “Baby Boomer” generation. Almost every Tiger on this team was born between 1945 and 1948….immediately following WWII when our GI’s were coming home and starting families.

Buddy Gore, Phil Rogers, and George Burnett were a part of the 1967 team.

During the football season of 1967, the following events took place around the nation and world:

  • Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, defies censors by singing the word “higher” from their #1 hit “Light My Fire” on the Ed Sullivan Show.

  • Walt Disney’s “The Jungle Book” is released. This would be Disney’s last full length release prior to his death.

  • The Vietnam War is now becoming a major part of American culture.

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