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Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Johnstone Hall Ledges And Fun 


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Today’s photos are from the 1980’s and shows a variety of shots with the students using the ledges on the outside of Johnstone Hall for their amusement. 

The below photo is “the morning after”. Obviously, a few students used the ledge to have a few drinks and smokes the night before, leaving remnants of their fun from the night before. 


The next photo shows the “2 story drop” as a young lady jumps from the ledge into a tarp with students bracing her fall. I would imagine it takes a great deal of trust to jump these two stories into a group of college kids and their tarp! 


When cold temperatures would roll in, students would sometimes pour water onto the ledge, allowing the water to freeze and create an icicle paradise. 


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Friday, May 30, 2014

May 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Frank Howard 


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Today’s photo is a classic shot of Frank Howard on the sideline during a rainy game in Death Valley. Beside Coach Howard is Bob Smith, Howard’s long time assistant. 

Howard was born at Barlow Bend, Alabama ("three wagon greasin's from Mobile"). He spent his early days on the farm playing mostly cow pasture baseball because there were not enough boys around the community for a football team. 

Howard said he left Barlow Bend walking barefoot on a barbed wire fence with a wildcat under each arm. He graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile where he played football, baseball and basketball and served as president of both the junior and senior classes. 



After finishing at Murphy, Howard entered the University of Alabama on an academic scholarship provided by the Birmingham News in the fall of 1927, and the 185-pounder played reserve guard his sophomore year. 

During his junior year he started every game but two, as an ankle injury sidelined him for the two games he missed. Howard was president of the freshman class at Alabama, was member of Blue Key and president of the "A" Club. 


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

May 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall Bell Replacement 


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Today’s photos are from the mid 1980’s and show the bell at Tillman Hall being replaced. The above picture is a wide view of the bell when it was removed from Tillman Hall, leaving an open area that was clearly visible in the picture. 

Here is a closer view of Tillman Hall when the bell was removed. The original bell hung in Tillman Hall for 80 years. 


This picture is from the bell tower and shows the view behind the clock at Tillman Hall, something many Clemson graduates have never seen. 


Below is a close up of the bell. It is actually a combination of 47 French-made bells which weigh a total of 21 tons. 


The bells were manufactured by Paccard Fondue de Cloches, Annecy-le-Vieux, France. Annecy-le-Vieux is on the eastern side of France a few hundred miles south of Geneva and very near the Swiss border. 



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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Kluttz Steak House In Clemson 


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Today photos are from a long ago restaurant in downtown Clemson called the Kluttz Steak House. The above picture was taken in the 1950’s and shows the inside of the steak house with a big crowd. 

Below is a photo of the owners, known by the cadets as "Mom" & "Pop" Kluttz, inside the restaurant. Mrs. Kluttz also worked in the restaurant in the YMCA on campus. 


The Kluttz Steak House was “the best in steaks and short orders” according to advertisements distributed in the 1950’s. 


The restaurant left downtown Clemson some time around 1956. I believe the Kluttz family moved the restaurant into downtown Easley until the mid 1960’s. 


Below is a picture of downtown Clemson where the Kluttz Steak House was located during the 1950’s. 


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Old Memorial Bridge, Then and Now 


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Today’s photos are of the old "Memorial Bridge" that was a familiar landmark for years around the Clemson area until lake Hartwell was built. You can see Tillman Hall in the below right of the picture. 

The lake was created in 1963 when the Hartwell Dam was built on the Savannah River Basin seven miles below the point at which the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join to form the Savannah. 

The Memorial Bridge, before the flooding of the lake, was the method of transportation over the river. Here you can see the inscription on the bridge. 


This picture and graphic shows the location of the bridge along the old road (Highway 123). 


Back in 2008 when the lake hit record levels of drought, the Memorial Bridge once again saw the light of day. Here is a picture of the remains of the bridge during that drought. 


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Monday, May 26, 2014

May 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Club Hotel


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Today’s photo is of the Clemson Club Hotel, which occupied the hill where the Clemson House now sits.

The above photo was taken from Bowman Field and shows Cadets marching along what is now Highway 93. The photo was taken in the 1940’s, I believe right after the start of WWII.

Before Clemson University became coeducational in 1955, Clemson College was an all-male military school for nearly 62 years. During the time that Clemson was an all-male college, the college hosted formal dances. Women from nearby colleges and towns would serve as "chaperones" to the men at cadet dances.

Before the Clemson House was built in 1950, The Clemson Club Hotel stood in its place. For overnight stays there were no hotel facilities, and many women would stay in the Clemson Club Hotel.

The Clemson Club Hotel was a large boarding house that provided rooms and apartments for faculty and their families. When there was room, the building made room for some of the women staying in Clemson overnight.


The above photo is from a slightly different angle and shows the Clemson Club Hotel in a little more detail.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

First Friday Parade: Brent and Ara


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Today’s photo is from September 20th, 1985 and shows the First Friday Parade with Brent Musberger and Ara Parsegian riding along as the Grand Marshalls.

The First Friday Parade in 1985 would be before the 2nd game of the season, as Clemson defeated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on a David Treadwell last second field goal to open the season.

Clemson was hosting Georgia the day after this picture was taken and the game was televised by CBS Sports. Clemson would fall 20-13 to the Bulldogs en route to a 6-6 season in 1985.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

May 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1973 Sign, NC State, and Bennie Cunningham


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Today’s photos are from the week of October 27th, 1973 as Clemson prepared to take on NC State in Death Valley.

The above photo shows some nifty banner making and hanging skills by hung on one of the high rise dorms on campus. As you can see, the banner took up three floors and I am not sure how the students were able to get it hung there based on the picture!

The lead up to the game was to be in vain as the Tigers fell 29-6 to the Wolfpack. The Tigers would finish the season 5-6 behind Peanut Sanders and Smiley Sanders. The star of the 1973 season was a young man that would go on to have a fabulous career in the NFL.

Bennie Cunningham led the Tigers in 1973 and would go on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers during their dominant run in the 1970’s.

Bennie stopped by the Tiger Pregame Show in November of 2011 for a segment prior to the South Carolina game that evening. Bennie lives in Seneca to this day and attends a couple of Clemson games each year. Below is a picture of Bennie on the show with me in 2011.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

May 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Orange Shoes Vs. NC State In 1960’s


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Today’s photo is from a big day in Clemson football history. Most Clemson fans know about the history and lore of the orange pants, which started in 1980. But the first mystical change in football attire came 13 years earlier when Clemson put on orange shoes vs. NC State. Here’s the story, as best as I can remember it.

In the 1960’s, every team wore black shoes when playing football. NC State's Bill Morrow found out that a member of the Kansas City Chiefs was wearing white shoes so he figured he would too. Morrow had a huge year in 1966 wearing the white shoes, including an intercepted pass for a touchdown that marked the first TD in the new Carter Finley Stadium.

So, in 1967, one NC State player wanted to follow Morrow’s lead and make a fashion statement by wearing white shoes. Linebacker Chuck Amato (yes, that Chuck Amato) wore white shoes during the 1967 season and began spreading the look to the rest of the Wolfpack defense.

The magic of the white shoes worked for the Wolfpack as they started the 1967 season 8-0 and it appeared NC State was going to the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day. There was only two teams standing in the way of NC State, one was Penn State and the other was Clemson. The Wolfpack had to at least win one of the last two to go the Sugar Bowl. Penn State did their part by handing NC State a loss.

On November 18, 1967 the 10th rank Wolfpack came to Death Valley to play the 4-4 Clemson Tigers with the Sugar Bowl on the line for NC State. Clemson, motivated to knock the Wolfpack out of the Sugar Bowl, painted their shoes orange prior to the game with the Wolfpack. Students were encouraged to come onto the field to create a tunnel for the Tigers to come down the hill, causing electricity to run through the fired up crowd as they saw the Tigers in the orange shoes.

It was a very windy day in Death Valley and the Wolfpack used that wind to kick two long field goals early to take a 6-0 lead. But Clemson, led by Buddy Gore, stormed back for two touchdowns to defeat Amato and the Wolfpack 14-6 and knock them out of the Sugar Bowl.

In fact, Gore caught the only pass of his career at Clemson late in the game to gain a first down and seal the win. Gore is #44 in the picture.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Laundry Building


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Today’s photos are of the old Laundry Building at Clemson. It was typical for the Freshmen Rats to haul laundry for the upper classmen, as seen in the picture above.

Here is an outside view of the Laundry Building.


The below picture shows the Cadets dropping off their bags of laundry on the outside of the building through an opening in the door.


Here is a picture of the inside of the laundry with the ladies sorting and tagging the bags so that they could be returned to the proper owner. As you can see, the laundry would literally pile up on laundry day at Clemson!


The final picture shows the end of the process, with the workers folding the clothes in preparation for returning them to the Cadets.


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson College Café’




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Today’s photos are of a very familiar location to Clemson students and fans, but it may look a bit different in these photos than it does now.

Before there was TD's and even before Dan’s Sandwich Show, this prime location on College Avenue was the location of the College Café and Sandwich Shop.

The photo above is an interior photo taken in the early 1940’s of the establishment.

Here's an even older photo of that same location taken in the 1920’s used on a postcard for Clemson, SC

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadet Life In 1950’s And A “Sugar Report”

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Today’s photos span the 1950’s and show what life was like for a Clemson Cadet in the 1950’s at Clemson.

The above photo shows a cadet standing outside the old post office (now Mell Hall) reading a “sugar report”, which was a letter from a girl. The building in the background of the picture would one day be Dan’s Sandwich Shop and is now TD’s.

The next photo is from inside the old barracks and it shows the Cadets passing the time during the evening. The Cadets thumbing through some newspapers and magazines.




The photo below shows another view inside the old barracks, only this time the Cadets that occupied this room have added a little flair to their room (notice the window curtains!).

The next photo shows the cadets inside the old barracks sitting around a table with one cadet playing the harmonica.


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Monday, May 19, 2014

May 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Pool Him!”


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Today's photo is of a tradition that many a young Clemson student had the “honor” of taking part in.

"Pool him!" That is a term that meant someone's going into the water.

Many a Clemson Cadet has been tossed into the old reflection pond throughout the years.



There have also been some dips into the fountain at the front of the Clemson House.

How about in one of the large sinks in the old barracks? Yes, indeed.


The pool in the old YMCA was also an easy target.

More recently, the Cooper Library reflection pond served as nice dumping point as well.

The only thing that is different through the years is the location!

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

May 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Sikes Hall Fire




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Today's photos are of the Agricultural Building (now Sikes Hall) and were taken in the 1920’s.

This old Agricultural Building, like so many other buildings on campus, suffered a tremendous amount of fire damage on April 1, 1925. This, ironically, was just after a campus visit of the newly appointed President, Enoch Walter Sikes.

As if Mr. Sikes didn't have his hands full with rebuilding the agricultural building in the early days of his Clemson Presidency, the follow year Mechanical Hall was totally destroyed by fire.

Enoch Sikes indeed had a tough start as the President of the college, but today the old Agricultural Building holds his name in history, Sikes Hall.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

May 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Temporary Barracks At Clemson In 1940’s


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Today’s photos are from 1948 and show two different views of buildings that no longer exist at Clemson University.

The above picture is an aerial photo of Clemson and you can clearly see the white barracks sitting in a V where Lot 1 is now located. These were temporary barracks, constructed by the military during WWII. They were torn down just prior to the completion of Johnstone Hall in 1954.

The below photo is a close up view of the temporary barracks and was taken with your back to Death Valley, on the southwest corner of what is now Lot 1.

Barracks life made for a long day. Reveille was at dawn, and breakfast was as early as 6 a.m. In fact, in Clemson's early years, class was often finished in the morning hours, so that drill could be held in the afternoons. Lunch and dinner were served, and curfew was in effect so that the night started early and all cadets were accounted for.

There was always an incessant wave of cadets at any given time on detail, and Clemson cadet parades from this period were spectacular in both their professionalism and their school spirit.

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