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Never-before-seen photos of Leonard Nimoy’s 1974 star trek to Auburn

Never-before-seen photos of Leonard Nimoy’s 1974 star trek to Auburn

“On a humorous note, Nimoy began speaking of experiments conducted by Dr. Werner Von Braun dealing with flashes of light. He related the flashing theory to the Auburn crowd by saying the flashing is happening now in the form of what we call streakers.” Yes, it was a heck of a week for Spock to […]

That time Bruce Jenner came to the University of Alabama Auburn University

That time Bruce Jenner came to <s>the University of Alabama</s> Auburn University

Bruce Jenner has recently transitioned from sideshow to the center ring of Cirque du Kardashian. Thanks to his evolving sense of self, the reality star and one-time Olympic golden boy is earning headlines at a rate not achieved since his days as America’s buff breakfast buddy. How big a deal was Bruce Jenner after destroying […]

That time Shug Jordan bailed out the entire Georgia basketball team

That time Shug Jordan bailed out the entire Georgia basketball team

Unlike other iconic college football coaches from yesteryear, Shug Jordan actually found time to coach basketball for a few seasons. And coach it well. In a 1968 interview, Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp said Shug was “as fine a football coach as he was a basketball coach.” Not only is Jordan Auburn’s fifth winningest basketball coach, with […]

VIDEO: The story behind the 1986 Coke commercial filmed in Auburn

VIDEO: The story behind the 1986 Coke commercial filmed in Auburn

In the summer of 1986, Coca-Cola started doing these college-themed commercials for that stuff that briefly masqueraded as Coke to run in local markets across the country, and they were shot at actual colleges (you can’t beat the real thing). A Montgomery-based advertising firm got the nod for the two Alabama commercials—one for the good […]

Auburn’s first amazing new scoreboard

Auburn’s first amazing new scoreboard

The impulse that will possibly soon raise a spaceship over Jordan-Hare: IMPROVE THE GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE. It is the mantra, mantra, mantra of Auburn Athletics. And it was always thus. Forty feet wide, 15 feet tall: These were the jaw-dropping specs for Jordan-Hare’s first scoreboard — “one of the most modern in the country” — that […]

That Time Auburn Students Raided a Train in Their Underwear: A Briefs History

That Time Auburn Students Raided a Train in Their Underwear: A Briefs History

In a previous post, I described the chaotic night that Auburn’s head football coach resigned at a pep rally the night before the Florida game in the dismal season of 1927. A throng of students left campus that night and created mayhem in the loveliest village. In addition to starting a bonfire in the middle […]

Auburn grad is Reddit hero for defusing bomb on Martin Luther King Jr’s porch

Auburn grad is Reddit hero for defusing bomb on Martin Luther King Jr’s porch

Vann Pruitt was the hero of Reddit yesterday, Martin Luther King, Jr Day, because his grandson, HydraHatRack (family name), posted a photo of him being the hero of whatever day it was he was called upon to defuse or dismantle or de-something a bomb placed on the Montgomery porch of Martin Luther King, Jr in […]

That time Auburn students burned a Toomer’s oak

That time Auburn students burned a Toomer’s oak

The 1920s were not kind to Auburn. API had been underfunded for years, and the president, Spright Dowell, spent most of his time focusing on the school’s financial struggles. He was known for favoring the Agriculture Department (and its interests in the state) over other college concerns. He especially opposed intercollegiate athletics, believing them to […]

A list of the first items ever lost and found at Jordan-Hare Stadium

A list of the first items ever lost and found at Jordan-Hare Stadium

It was inevitable, really. The largest crowd in the town’s history, the greatest collective football experience in the school’s history, Thanksgiving (NOT FRANKSGIVING!!!)? Attention was going to be diverted, things were going to be lost–important things, valuable things, personal things. But thanks to the eagle eyes of the API Plant Service, they were found, both […]

The logical legacy of the Validascope, a forgotten Auburn invention

The logical legacy of the Validascope, a forgotten Auburn invention

As a “professional theologian” (scare quotes intended), I spend an inordinate amount of time reading old forms of print media. Occasionally, amidst the haystack of the uninteresting and unimportant, I find a golden needle of data worthy of investigation and further research. Often, my labors end by writing an essay to be submitted to an […]

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