If you read today’s Plainsman, you’ll learn that I’ve never been drunk, which would seem to suggest that I’m ignorant when it comes to the culture of alcohol. Which I am.
So maybe I just don’t know what passes for libationary propriety among professionals. And I definitely don’t know what drinks cost then, nor what they cost now.
But it’s just kind of hard to believe that Auburn footing a $2,000 bill (calculating for inflation—actual 1977 cost: $499.15, including bartender and hospitality room… and you gotta have napkins) for beer and whiskey at an AU hosted high school coaching clinic would, like football players posing with coeds in Playboy, go over well in the age of the Auburn Family, etc.
I don’t know – maybe it wouldn’t be a big deal now, like it apparently wasn’t then; I mean, there’s Pres. Philpott on the guest list.
Regardless, what’s important is that now you know how much Barfield (more like Bar-Filled… more like Beer-Full) and the boys (and let’s be honest, we know who soaked up the most) put down out at Stokers on April 30, 1977, and that stuff is important for a healthy Auburn imagination, Reddit-worthiness notwithstanding… “TWER at its TWERiest” as someone recently put it. Yes, TWER at its TWERiest. You know you love it. And I know you love it. Or I really hope you love it. (Do you love it?)
I’ve got the brochure and the schedule for the 1979 clinic, too, just not the Stoker’s receipt… which may have been a little more that year. Guest speaker? Woody Hayes, his knuckles still bruised purple.
In the words of Ron Anders, Doug Barfield was a good man.
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Stoker’s is now called Plaza and is still across from Niffers. No restaurant though; thank goodness. That place is super sketchy looking. Like Free Candy van sketchy
Even in 1977 that place was on its way to becoming sketchy. Too bad there’s no video.
Ethan B. says
What a who’s who of attendees! Ask Ron if he ever took a date to Stoker’s for a H.S. dance. It was the place to see and be seen on dance night!
Stokers!!! And yeah, by the late 70s it was getting kind of creepy. Too bad, because the surf & turf was great. I love the list…lots of Auburn people who I know and love are on it!