Smilin’ Jack Smollon did more than record the best Auburn ditties of his day and interpret current events in his weekly column for the Opelika-Auburn News (which included the lyrics to his “to the tune of” songs). He was also — judging by this and other material discovered in the dusty reel-to-reels salvaged from behind the dumpster of WJHO in Opelika that virtually no one has heard in nearly 50 years — a pioneer in Auburn Spirit field recordings.
And a gifted interviewer:
Who we got here?
Boy, you did a tremeoundous job last week.
Thank you, sir.
I bet your really enjoyed it, too.
Yes sir, I always enjoy beating Georgia Teyech.
… Mailon are you married?
Are you going steady?
Yessir, I have a girlfriend, Sue Ellen Robbins.
She’s a beautiful girl.
Thank you, sir.
I think you make a wonderful couple. Lots of luck, I hope you go all the way….
Flubber up the pigskin and save Medfield – the results are positively Disneyian! And thanks to Mailon Kent and Jimmy Sidle and the rabid support of the student body, Auburn did B-E-A-T beeeeeeeeaaaaatt Clemson, 17-14.
Just listen to that…. how could they not have? Are you ready?
Cover courtesy Clyde Kingry. You can check out our growing Phil Neel archives here.
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* Fantastic photos of Bjork inside Jordan-Hare Stadium
* Auburn buses still driving around Phoenix
* The Ten Best Auburn Games That Never Happened