Many members of the Auburn family know that the origins of several of our names and phrases originate with the poem, “The Deserted Village,” by Oliver Goldsmith. What is probably far less known, however, is the sad set of circumstances that led Goldsmith to write the poem in the first place—just what village was it, and why was it deserted?— or how history and fate took an … [Read more...] about The Revenge of Sweet Auburn: Goldsmith’s Poem and the Real ‘Deserted Village’
Second in a two-part series Van originally wrote as a “primary sources research paper” for Anthony Carey’s History Research Methods course in 1996, while working on a History PhD at Auburn. Read Part One here. IV. JORDAN-HARE: FIFTH-LARGEST CITY IN ALABAMA 1980: The West Deck Despite a slight decline in on-field fortunes during the 1970s, two more rivals, Georgia … [Read more...] about The History of Jordan-Hare Stadium — Part Two
FOREWORD I originally wrote this article as a “primary sources research paper” for Anthony Carey’s History Research Methods course in 1996, while working on a History PhD at Auburn. (I believe Dr. Carey was at least as amused by my love for the subject matter as he was impressed with my academic skills on display, such as they are.) Years later, I posted it to my Web site … [Read more...] about The History of Jordan-Hare Stadium — Part One
Being that I, your intrepid War Eagle Reader columnist, is not exactly rolling in the cash, these days… and knowing that I have every intention of going to the BCS Title Game in Glendale anyway, somehow, one way or another… and being as much of a lifelong comics/SF fan as I am a lifelong Auburn fan… I dragged out almost every one of my most treasured hardcover and softcover … [Read more...] about Columnist cleaves comic collection for Cam and Co.
The impending arrival of the ESPN College GameDay crew for Saturday’s clash with Clemson has me waxin’ all nostalgic, back to the first time I can recall showing up to see Fowler and Corso and company live and in person: the 1995 Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium. I was by that point well into year nine of my Eight Year Plan for earning college degrees and obtaining student … [Read more...] about Personal Fowler: The Incident on the set of Gameday at the 1995 Iron Bowl