Our biography of Toomer’s Corner continues today with a photo of a young Auburn man extinguishing the fire that apparently engulfed the Toomer’s Oaks after the 1995 Iron Bowl.
The Baby Boomers tell of strands of toilet paper draped over the use-to-only-roll power lines regularly being Bic’d into oblivion by drunken passersby. But it’s funny how most of the major, modern era, tree-damaging blazes always have a way of happening after Auburn beats Alabama or Georgia.
Here’s a webcam shot of the fire set at Toomer’s Corner last November.
Birmingham Post-Herald photo via @AU_History.
Related: Toomer’s Oaks removal will take days; wood to be turned into souvenirs.
More on the the Toomer’s Oaks: Toomer’s Corner rollings didn’t start with Punt, Bama, Punt, says History / Did Auburn students celebrate Bear Bryant’s death by rolling Toomer’s Corner?
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Luke Frisbee says
to call “us” baby boomers is a bit odd. We are Auburn Graduates from a given year…Should we call you hipsters on this website, and those who graduated in the 1960’s are all Hippies. “Not cool, MAN.” Allienating groups by labeling Maybe you shoulda gone to BAMA.
“Baby Boomers” has nothing to do with the Tradition/History of Toomer’s Corner.
And the fact that the toilet Paper was set on fire by a few STUDENTS while I WAS STANDING RIGHT THERE means I can state first hand that they were not Georgia or Alabama Fans… they were just dicks…dicks are members of every group when it gets large..whether a school, a church or a country.
The main reason the TP at Toomer’s was set on fire (successfully) was that it had to have a critical mass… several attempts were made to light it up before it actually stayed lit. A single strand of tp wouldn’t stay lit long enough to get the whole thing going. (Yes this was topic of discussion while AUBURN Fans were trying to get it lit). There had to be a critical mass hanfging down…Now let me think back…Hmmm, When did the Student Population really turn out to roll Toomer’s…. oh yeah I think it was the year we played Chatanooga Home for Delinquent Girls for Homecoming.
Put The Tradition of Rolling Toomer’s Corner back in the MIDDLE of Toomer’s Corner, where it was a symbol of the Town Closing down to celebrate a Community. And then once it is rolled have enough restraint/class to leave it there. And then drive your car through it latter in the day….you’ll experience a special feeling driving underneath the post celebration temporary shrine….
And if ya think some bum/updyke will set it on fire then the City or the School should hire a cop to make sure it stands till it is no longer an option.
Luke, chill out. Baby boomers is a widely accepted term for people born in the 1950s. Much like labeling “The Greatest Generation”, “Gen X”, or “Gen Y”, it’s a way to quickly call out time periods for each generation. If you read the context of the article, the author was clearly referring to people in that age range, who likely would have been attending Auburn during the 1970s when rolling the power lines began.
Yes, Luke, what Brad said. No offense intended. My mom is a Baby Boomer. My dad is a Baby Boomer. I was referring to them. I love Baby Boomers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_boomer
Philip Hodgens 71 says
Luke- you need to cut way back on your caffeine.
Luke Frisbee says
There is still NO reason to label people concerning this topic.
As a matter of fact the Burning of the TP was more a thing of the Post Baby Boomers. When I first got to AU(1975), the tradition hadn’t evolved into hooliganism forcing the city to protect the area businesses, nor private property from Auburn Students climbing on cars that are just trying to get through the intersection. I witnessed the poor behavior repeatedly, it wasn’t what you’d like to remember of your memories of Toomer’s Corner’s Celebrations.
Luke, we’re well aware of Toomer’s history, and that it was once nothing like what it is today. http://www.thewareaglereader.com/2011/09/toomers-corner-rollings-didnt-start-with-punt-bama-punt-says-history/
In order to make the point of ‘that used to happen’ in this particular post, we had to reference the time period somehow. Baby Boomers isn’t pejorative in the least. Should we have said “people our parents age have told us stories?” Still not exactly sure what about this has you upset. But thanks for the comments.
The War Eagle Reader is a bunch of anti-babyboomerites.
It looks like Vanilla Ice really did light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle. It’s nice that he tried to put it out though.
Hey, we beat Bama that year. That’s all that really matters.