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July 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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