Archive for the Category ‘Vintage’

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 […]

The coldest day in Auburn’s (recorded) history

The coldest day in Auburn’s (recorded) history

Compared to January 21, 1985, it’s warm today in Auburn. A memoir: Every January, when the weather usually gets much colder, I am reminded of a very cold day during my freshmen year at Auburn. It’s funny how time sometimes makes us question our recollection of past events as the years roll along. For most […]

Legendary 1931 tie with Wisconsin earned Tigers the nickname ‘Iron Men from Auburn’

Legendary 1931 tie with Wisconsin earned Tigers the nickname ‘Iron Men from Auburn’

An 83-year-old, 7-7 tie with Wisconsin does not the stuff of legend make. The previous sentence was a lie. The final 1 in Auburn’s current 1-1-1 record vs. the Badgers was instantly the stuff of legend, and a completely underrated (and barely even remembered) chapter in Auburn’s big game history. Chances are you’ve never heard […]

Here’s a great Christmas photo of Shug and David Housel (dressed as Santa Claus)

Here’s a great Christmas photo of Shug and David Housel (dressed as Santa Claus)

If they have a print of this–and how in the world could they not?–it has to be at the top of the Grab In Case of Fire list in the Housel household.  Imagine being an Auburn fan, being someone who has devoted your entire young life to Auburn, and being able to dress as Santa […]

Short, silent clip of Pat Dye being introduced to fans at a 1981 Auburn basketball game

Short, silent clip of Pat Dye being introduced to fans at a 1981 Auburn basketball game

Pat Dye was introduced to Auburn fans on Jan. 10, 1981, at the Auburn-Florida basketball game in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. We have an eight-second clip of it. The video is silent, but the place was loud. Dye got a standing ovation. He said that encouraged him. Three years later, Auburn won the national championship. (Can’t […]

VIDEO: That time Auburn fans flew banners over Legion Field to let Alabama and Florida know Auburn was real SEC Champ in ’93

VIDEO: That time Auburn fans flew banners over Legion Field to let Alabama and Florida know Auburn was real SEC Champ in ’93

There was no denying it—Auburn was the best team in the best conference in America. It was obvious, it was on the record. Which is why AU grad Will Collier felt fans attending or tuning in to the Alabama-Florida game on Dec. 4, 1993 deserved to know what they were actually watching: The SEC Consolation […]

Five Forgotten Fun Facts about the first football game played in Jordan-Hare Stadium

Five Forgotten Fun Facts about the first football game played in Jordan-Hare Stadium

Everyone has retweeted the commemorative infographics and seen the logo and stuff in the programs and stuff all year, but Nov. 30 was the actual anniversary: 75 years—football has been played in Jordan-Hare Stadium for 75 years. I wrote a story on the stadium’s history for the Winter 2015 issue of Auburn Magazine, trying to […]

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