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Apple CEO Tim Cook broke into Samford Hall as an Auburn student to try to change the music the clock tower played

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Apple CEO Tim Cook getting his Auburn hat on this past December. Go here for more.

Thanks to an interview he recently granted the Plainsman (which you can read here) while in town this past weekend to receive the Auburn Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, we now know a little more about Tim Cook the Auburn student, at least more than what he looked liked.

Cook, who graduated from Auburn in 1982, took his photo for the yearbook every year, lived on Gay Street, spent a ton of time at the Sani-Flush (or at least we presume that’s what the Plainsman meant by “a shop that used to serve homemade ice cream”—get off our lawn?), and played intramural softball.

But the most revealing:

He and a group of buddies even broke into Samford Hall one night, climbed to the clock tower, and tried to change the music it played.

“We thought we were [successful] because we put a tape cassette in. We were waiting for it to play but then the hour comes, and it chimes. So, we failed miserably,” Cook said, laughing. “Somehow, at the time, it seemed like a good idea.”

We’re assuming he was inspired by these guys. And hoping this was the song he wanted to replace “War Eagle” with, as a sort of tribute.

You can read the Plainsman’s full interview with Cook here.

Related: The great Samford Tower Mickey Mouse clock caper of 1977.

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