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Friday, October 31, 2014

October 31st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Night Games In 1950’s

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Today’s photos are from the 1950’s and shows the Tiger football team playing at night.

The above photo is from the 1955 home game against Presbyterian, the first home night football game in Clemson football history. Clemson would go on to an easy win over the Blue Hose, 33-0.

During the 1959 season the Tigers traveled to Houston to take on Jess Neely's Rice team. Below we see Doug Daigneault powering against the Rice defense as the Tigers would go on to win 19-0.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

October 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Downtown Clemson In 1970’s


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Today’s photos are from the 1970's and are of downtown Clemson.

The above photo is a picture high above College Avenue facing Bowman Field. Take a look at all the cars lining College Avenue. Can you remember some of the names of this historic vehicles?

Many places downtown are no longer in Clemson. The below photo we can see Chanello’s Pizza on the left and the J&E Restaurant. Chanello’s is no longer downtown, but it is still in Clemson near the Bi-Lo on Greenville Highway.


The next photo is of a Clemson icon from the 1970’s, The Book Store bar. The Book Store was a great watering hole in Clemson, prompting many students to call home and ask their parents for some extra money so they could go to the “book store”. Little did the parents know that this money was not going to any books! You could even get into the Book Store from a back entrance near Clint’s Barber Shop.


The Book Store closed in March of 1981 when owner Manning Garren died.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bob Bradley As A Senior


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Today’s photos are from 1949 and show a very young Bob Bradley during his senior year at Clemson.

The class of 1949 witnessed a perfect 11-0-0 football season in the fall of 1948, and in the above picture you can see Bob Bradley at what I believe to be some celebration get together for his graduation in 1949.

Originally from Greenville, Bob Bradley majored in Textile Manufacturing. He also was the editor of the Tiger newspaper his senior year.

Bradley worked 502 consecutive football games during his career at Clemson. Bradley was presented the Order of the Palmetto by the Governor's office and after his death was inducted into the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame.


Bradley redefined the field of sports information in 1979 when, under his direction, the Clemson Sports Information Department won nine national awards for its brochures and press guides.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

What A Difference 9 Years Make

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Today’s photos span 1952 to 1961, which included a dramatic change at Clemson.

The above photo was taken around 1952, when Clemson was still an all-male Military College. You can take note of the Trustee House in the background and the partial view of the second barracks on the right.

Fast forward just 9 years and you see the same photo location, but dramatically different culture at Clemson. In 1961, Clemson was no longer a Military College and it was no longer all-male.


One note from the two pictures…notice that the chimneys on the Trustee House are gone in the 1961 photo. I wonder where they went??!!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1938 Aerial View Of Clemson


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Today’s photos are from sometime around 1938 and shows a very young Clemson College Campus.

In the top right corner of the picture you can see the newly constructed Fike Field House. The building originally opened in 1930 as the Clemson Field House, and was the indoor home to Clemson athletics.

You can see the farm land to the left and behind Fike that will one day be Memorial Stadium. Death Valley was not built until 1941.

And finally, if you look beside Long Hall, the small building that you see is the old Dairy building.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

October 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Hottie Ingram Out At Clemson


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Today’s photo is from Press Conference following the 1972 season at Clemson.

Clemson, after just completing a 4-7 season, put pressure on Hootie Ingram to resign as head coach of the football team. Ingram indeed resigned, paving the way for Red Parker. In his three years as head coach, Ingram’s overall record was 12-21.

In today's photo we see Hootie Ingram (left), Clemson President R.C. Edwards (center) and Hootie's replacement, Red Parker (right) in a press conference announcing the coaching change.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

It Is...Game Day! 150th Tiger Pregame Show, Homecoming, And More!







The 150th Tiger Pregame Show Returns To The Lawn At Littlejohn Today From 1:00-4:00 To Preview Clemson Vs. Syracuse.

Homecoming 2014!



The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays, will broadcast a milestone as we have our 150th consecutive show today as the Tigers try to move to 6-2 on the season with vs. Syracuse.


Former Tiger running back Reggie Merriweather will co-host the show to offer his analysis and insight inside Clemson's program and what Tiger fans can expect to see on the field Saturday.

The show, as always, will be broadcast on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com.  Broadcast times for Saturday's show will be from 1:00-4:00 as Scott and Reggie will get Tiger fans ready for the Orange.



The show will also tap into the continued emergence of Social Media as part of Clemson fan’s game day expectations. 

“No longer do Clemson fans have to sit beside a radio in order to listen to the show”, Rhymer points out.  “Whether you are driving to Clemson, parked in a lot, or anywhere in the world, our fans can stream the show on their smart phones”, Rhymer stated

“But that is not the only reason we embrace the technology.  In addition to streaming the show, we also want to engage fans during the show to allow them to give their opinions and insight into the show that we can use while broadcasting this Saturday.  That’s the really exciting part of embracing the technology as it allows fans to do more than just listen.  It allows them to engage.”

The show will continue to offer in-depth analysis of the upcoming game, focusing on X’s and O’s of what fans should expect to see on the field during the game.

Segments for Saturday include up to the minute game day weather conditions, Top 25 Report, ACC and SEC Game Breakdowns, Injury Reports for both Clemson and Syracuse, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.

Don Munson, the new Voice of the Tigers, will join the show live each week to give his unique perspective inside the football program and final preparations for the Syracuse game.  

And, just like in the previous 11 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions.

Each week, Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, and Brent Venables will provide audio interviews to set the stage for the game.  The show will also have the key Clemson players on air so that they can give their perspective from the field.

You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook and following via Twitter. If you have not done so, you also want to ensure you have the WCCP 105.5 The Roar App, free for Iphones and Android based phones.  Also stay tuned to The Tiger Pregame Show Blog, WCCP 105.5 FM, and at wccpfm.com for updates on the show.


Go Tigers!

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October 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Downtown Clemson In 1920’s


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Today’s photos are rare images of downtown Clemson in the 1920’s. The above photo is from what is now downtown Clemson facing toward Tillman Hall. In the photo you can see Sloan’s Store (which is now Subway).

The next photo was taken the same day but from the other side of College Avenue. The house in the upper right corner is sitting where Mr. Knickerbocker's is located today.


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Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

“Gator” Farr

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Today’s photo are of a Clemson legend, “Gator” Farr. Gator was a 1930 graduate of Clemson and best known for his humorous eulogies during the pep rallies prior to the South Carolina football games.

Frank Mellette wrote an interesting insight into the character of "Gator" Farr:

“There is no doubt in the mind of anyone at Clemson that "Gator" Farr was one of the greatest characters who ever went there. "Gator" could blow a bugle and get the softer and more beautiful tones out of it than anybody at Clemson. He was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps during his first two years. He realized that if he remained there for his last two years, he could only reach the rank of captain.”

“He had higher military ambitions and withdrew from the Drum and Bugle Corps after his sophomore year. During his junior year, he was Regimental Sergeant Major, the highest ranking military member of the junior class. "Gator" was Cadet Colonel his senior year, again the highest ranking military member of his class.”

“From time to time, after he had dropped out of the Drum and Bugle Corps, he would go down to the guardroom and blow taps. When he did this, there wasn't a cadet on the campus who didn't know who was blowing the bugle that night. On those occasions as the last notes faded away, there would be immediate and instantaneous applause from all sections of the campus.”

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Shop (Part III of III)

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Today’s photos are the 3rd part of a three part series on Dan’s Sandwich Shop.

Dan’s Sandwich Shop may best be known for the pictures that adorned the walls of the restaurant. Clemson athletes, especially football players, made it to the “big time” if Dan would place their photo on the wall in the restaurant. You can see in the above photo all of the pictures that are on the walls.

After this Clemson landmark closed, it became the Tiger Paw Restaurant and served boxed chicken lunches for awhile but soon the kitchen closed and it was strictly a bar with a dance floor. Too many minors nabbed by ABC agents inside saw the loss of the Tiger Paw's license around 1976.


This cleared the way for The Bookstore, which featured a live deejay for the disco era in downtown Clemson. Students could honestly tell their parents that they were spending time at the bookstore! When The Bookstore closed, the place was remodeled into Strawberry's Restaurant, which stayed in business for several years in the early to mid 1980's.

In 1986 and part of 1987 it was a bar/restaurant called Lester's Burgers & Spirits. Finally, the location became TD's, opening July 1, 1988.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Shop (Part II of III)


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Today’s photos are the 2nd part of a three part series on Dan’s Sandwich Shop. Today’s photos were taken in the 1960’s after Dan's expanded by acquiring the space next door.

Dan Gentry was the original owner of the Trolley Car Diner on Pendleton Road that is now Mac's Drive-In. After many years working with Mac, Gentry decided to open his own restaurant, thus starting his own Clemson tradition.


Dan’s Sandwich Shop is known as much for the pictures that adorned the walls as for the burgers that they served. Clemson athletes, especially football players, made it to the “big time” if Dan would place their photo on the wall in the restaurant. Tomorrow, I will post some photos that show those famous pictures inside of Dan's Sandwich Shop.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 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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Monday, October 20, 2014

October 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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Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

1950’s Memorial Stadium Press Box

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Today's photos are of the early 1950's and the Press Box at Memorial Stadium. As you can see from the picture above, the area was small and cramped.

Lou Sahadi writes of some of the antics that went on during this era in the press box.

"Frank Howard always enjoyed a good rapport with the press. Basically, he always made time to accommodate the writers and radio announcers who covered the team.”

“One of his favorite writers in the early 1940's was Carter "Scoop" Latimer, who worked for the Atlanta American. If there was one thing that Latimer liked besides writing, it was drinking. Sometimes he mixed the two, which didn't always work out too well. “

“Yet, Scoop had enough friends to bail him out of trouble. Once, when he was covering a Clemson game, he got so drunk he couldn't finish writing his story and passed out in the press box. His cronies bailed him out. Several kept filing stories over the Western Union wire. After they had sent six of them, the newspaper sent back a message to stop, it didn't need any more Clemson stories."

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

It Is...Game Day! Broadcast Info For Today's Show







The Tiger Pregame Show Returns Today From 9:30-12:30 To Preview Clemson Vs. Boston College



The Tiger Pregame Show, a game day tradition for Clemson football fans on Saturdays, will broadcast its 149th consecutive show this Saturday as the Tigers try to move to 5-2 on the season with at Boston College.


Former Tiger running back Reggie Merriweather will co-host the show to offer his analysis and insight inside Clemson's program and what Tiger fans can expect to see on the field Saturday.

The show, as always, will be broadcast on WCCP 105.5 FM and wccpfm.com.  Broadcast times for Saturday's show will be from 9:30-12:30 as Scott and Reggie will get Tiger fans ready for the Eagles.



The show will also tap into the continued emergence of Social Media as part of Clemson fan’s game day expectations. 

“No longer do Clemson fans have to sit beside a radio in order to listen to the show”, Rhymer points out.  “Whether you are driving to Clemson, parked in a lot, or anywhere in the world, our fans can stream the show on their smart phones”, Rhymer stated

“But that is not the only reason we embrace the technology.  In addition to streaming the show, we also want to engage fans during the show to allow them to give their opinions and insight into the show that we can use while broadcasting this Saturday.  That’s the really exciting part of embracing the technology as it allows fans to do more than just listen.  It allows them to engage.”

The show will continue to offer in-depth analysis of the upcoming game, focusing on X’s and O’s of what fans should expect to see on the field during the game.

Segments for Saturday include up to the minute game day weather conditions, Top 25 Report, ACC and SEC Game Breakdowns, Injury Reports for both Clemson and North Carolina, and a historical look back at this day in Clemson football history.

Don Munson, the new Voice of the Tigers, will join the show live each week to give his unique perspective inside the football program and final preparations for the Boston College game.  

And, just like in the previous 11 years, the show will close the final hour with the Keys to the Game and game day predictions.

Each week, Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris, and Brent Venables will provide audio interviews to set the stage for the game.  The show will also have the key Clemson players on air so that they can give their perspective from the field.

You can keep up with all information related to the Tiger Pregame Show by liking the page on Facebook and following via Twitter. If you have not done so, you also want to ensure you have the WCCP 105.5 The Roar App, free for Iphones and Android based phones.  Also stay tuned to The Tiger Pregame Show Blog, WCCP 105.5 FM, and at wccpfm.com for updates on the show.


Go Tigers!

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October 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tigers Upset NC State In 1962 ACC Tournament Behind Press Maravich


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Today’s photo is of Clemson Head Press Maravich being carried off the court in the 1962 ACC Tournament after the Tigers stunned NC State in Greensboro. The Tigers were only 12-15 overall during the 1961-1962 season and was only 4-10 in the ACC Regular Season.

After this stunning upset, the Tigers would defeat Duke the following day to advance to the ACC Championship Game against Wake Forest. The Duke win in the semifinals of that tournament, 77-72, on March 2, 1962, was the highest-ranked win in Clemson history to that point.

Clemson would fall 77-66 to the Demon Deacons in that title game, but the run was the highlight of the Press Maravich tenure at Clemson.

Maravich had a record of 55-96 at Clemson and his best year in 1961-1962. Maravich still holds the Clemson record for winning percentage in overtime games, 3-0, in 1956-1957, and he also had a 23-19 career mark in games decided by five points or fewer, also a Clemson record.

Maravich left Clemson and became an assistant coach at N.C. State before moving up to the head coaching position when Everett Case retired. Maravich later became head coach at Louisiana State University where he coached his son, Pete, who went on to become the leading scorer in NCAA history. (Even in 2013, "Pistol Pete" is still the all-time leading National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game.)

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Friday, October 17, 2014

October 17th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Courtside In Littlejohn 1972

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Today’s photo is a courtside view during at Clemson basketball game during the 1972 season. Notice the location of Tiger Band during that era…right behind Press Row.

You can see the late Bob Bradley in the photo standing at the left of the press table. The man seated to the left is Bill McLellan, Clemson's Athletic Director at the time.

Notice also the WSBF banner for the game day radio broadcast. In those days WSBF was both AM and FM. Rumors persist to this day that WSBF used the water pipes in Johnstone Hall as their AM antenna that provided a powerful signal across the upstate of South Carolina.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Boxing At Clemson


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Today’s photos will look at a major sport at Clemson that is no longer a part of the Athletic Department. Boxing was a sport at Clemson in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

The photo above is of a Clemson boxer in a match during the 1942 season. This boxer, with the last name of Brown, defeated his opponent from VPI on this evening in Fike Field House.



This match was the highlight of the 1942 season as no other matches were won during that year. That can be blamed, in part, to the fact that the United States had just joined WWII and many Clemson Cadets were beginning training to enter service.

One other side note: The coach of the 1942 boxing team? None other than Walter Cox.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 15th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

The Story Of IP-O-AY

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Today’s photos are in reference to a short lived and mysterious group at Clemson in the early 1950’s.

IPOAY (I Pay One A Year) is the group that is pictured above. You can see from the flyer on the table that this group started as an athletic fundraising group by having people pay $1 a year to support the program.

This group was created in opposition to IPTAY (I Pay Ten A Year) that was started in the mid 1930’s at Clemson. Below, Frank Howard is out on the community trail drumming up support for IPTAY.


I don’t know what eventually happened to IPTOY, but it obviously fell by the side as IPTAY became the dominant fundraising group at Clemson.

Of course, $10 does not get you very far in IPTAY nowadays!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Football in 1976


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Today’s photos are from a follower of this blog and were taken in 1976 on Picture Day in September prior to the start of the season.

Ed Oliver of Seneca sent these photos in and they were taken by his father, who ironically was a Gamecock fan. The photo above shows Coach Red Parker.

The below photo is of senior Joey Walters.


The next photo shows defensive back Malcolm Marler (#22), defensive back Bill Wingo (#16) and defensive back O.J. Tyler (#23). Bill Wingo is the father of South Carolina baseball player Scott Wingo.


The next photo is of the offensive line from 1976, including Jim Wells (#64), Darrell Misenheimer (#73), tight end Mark Clifford (#87), and Lacy Brumley (#69).


The final picture is of defensive tackle Archie Reese (#65).


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Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Late 1960’s View Of Campus

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Today’s photo is from the 1960’s and is the view coming from Highway 93 heading into Clemson. There are a couple of clues that help pin down the actual date of this picture.

Obviously, neither upper deck has been built on Memorial Stadium, which helps date the picture prior to 1978. Littlejohn Coliseum, although almost hidden in this picture, is visible if you look really closely. Littlejohn was completed in 1968, which dates this picture prior to that time.

I am going to take a vague stab and state that this picture is dated somewhere around 1966 or 1967.

What I love about this picture is the view of the Clemson campus. The reason I love the view is this is the exact view I see every game day in Clemson as I come in to town to host the Tiger Pregame Show. When I see this view, I begin to anticipate game day and our Tigers coming down the hill. Even after 30 years of coming to games in Clemson, the stomach still turns a bit when it is game day.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 12th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson QB’s In 1965

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Today’s photo was taken on the sidelines during the 1965 season. I believe this is the season opener for the Tigers against NC State, a game Clemson would win 21-7 on September 18th, 1965.

The player closest to the camera is Jimmy Bell, quarterback for the Tigers. As you can see in the picture, Bell has a headset on talking to coaches up in the press box. We often don’t think about that kind of technology being used in the 1960’s, but you can clearly see that it was. Bell was from Hartsville, SC and I believe he is still practicing Family Medicine in Hartsville today.

A couple of other interesting notes from the picture. Notice the Pepsi cup on the wooden table behind Bell. I find this interesting because I can never recall a time that Coke was not the sponsor at Clemson. Obviously, Pepsi had rights at some point because of the cup in the picture, but I can’t remember anyone other than Coke having rights inside of Death Valley.

I also love the jerseys from this era. The white would look great at home even today in my opinion. I also like the numbers on the helmet.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

October 11th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Johnstone Hall Signs

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Today’s photo is a familiar sign from the mid 1980’s, showing a sign students erected on the outer facade of Johnstone Hall.

Erected in 1954, the Johnstone Hall complex design became a model for college dormitories, implementing a new raise-slab construction method, a practice which was featured in many architectural magazines at that time. This method - the Youtz-Slick "lift-slab" method - lifted reinforced concrete slabs onto columns with hydraulic jacks. These slabs weighed 224 tons and were nine inches thick, 122 feet long and 43 feet wide.

Johnstone Hall was the largest building complex erected using this method. Campus legend had it that two other similar structures built elsewhere collapsed before completion.

Today, only one of the original Johnstone buildings is still standing on the campus. Most of the rooms had been taken out of use by the mid-1990s as obsolete (electrical wiring wasn't grounded, and is still not grounded in the remaining structure).

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