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Mizzou Mail

Golden Fifties

I’m a 1958 grad True Son who was graced, through association with many Mizzou enthusiasts during my 1955–58 tenure as a member of the Showme team. I still miss you all and would be delighted to hear from you at bckin1@sbcglobal.net.

Barney Kinkade, BA ’58, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Beginnings of a beautiful campus

Your story “Mizzou: Then and now” [Summer, 2010] brought back many memories. In the mid-1970’s, I joined Students for a Pedestrian Campus, which saw the need to make campus more pedestrian-oriented. At the time, much of campus was broken up by streets, traffic and parking lots. Our first goal was to get the city of Columbia to close central-campus streets during class hours. We also envisioned building parking garages on the corners of campus and busing students to central campus from parking areas near Memorial Stadium. Parking lots on campus could then be replaced with green spaces and pedestrian plazas. We also wanted to see Lowry Street converted into a pedestrian mall. However, lack of either funding or interest kept the university from pursuing these ideas.

Then came Chancellor Barbara Uehling, under whose leadership our dreams were coming to fruition. When I visited Mizzou during the 1980's, I noticed the changes to campus, and Mizzou has since evolved into one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. In fact, when I attend home football games, I park in the University Avenue Garage just as an excuse to walk across the campus and enjoy the atmosphere of Mizzou's ever changing surroundings.

Guy Schreck, BS Ed ’74, M Ed ’85,
Warrenton, Mo. 

The bone box and other memories

I thoroughly enjoyed the MIZZOU Spring 2010 issue [Why We Love CoMo]. It brought back fond memories of Columbia. We freshmen med students and Phi Chi fraternity brothers would meet on Friday evenings at the Italian Village for beer and pizza with our anatomy class bone box in tow to study for Saturday morning quizzes. The Shack was still open, and memories of the Savitar days were there. We would have to go outside the city limits across the Hink to buy beer higher than the 3.2 percent brew we got at the Stein Club. Sunday brunch at Breisch’s was a special treat. I can still picture the wintertime walks around the snow, ice and mud that accumulated from January through March between the Phi Chi house on Fifth Street and the University Hospital. At the end of my freshmen year I bought a 1936 Chevrolet for $30 from the wife of a senior medical student, who was a Korean War veteran. She used the money to buy him a graduation present. The car lasted two more years.

Of course, with Dan Devine as coach, Tiger football was at its zenith during my four years at Mizzou. Following Faurot’s retirement, I saw Coach Frank Broyles’ only season [1957], which included a home game against Bear Bryant’s Texas A&M; their All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning star John David Crow had one-sided Bell’s facial palsy. Our last home game was the tearjerker against the Jayhawks when John Hadl, David Cone and the rest cleverly upset us and kept us from being No. 1. Fran Tarkenton of Georgia destroyed us in the 1960 Orange Bowl, but we beat Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Joe Bellino of Navy in the 1961 Orange Bowl and Steve Spurrier of Florida in the 1965 Sugar Bowl. They discontinued alcohol at the games after my junior year — at least they tried. Being a medic, I got a blood donor bag, filled it with vodka and stowed it Ivy League fashion in the inner pocket of my sport coat. The IV tube pincher at the end made for easy distributing of spirits to my fellow frat brothers and med students. I remember seeing Wilt Chamberlain’s last game at the field house. An MU student came out on stilts and irritated Wilt, who pushed him over.

With deep regret I read in the obituary section of the passing of two of my closest classmates, John Day, BA ’57, MD ’61, and Tom Anderson, MD ’61, who practiced psychiatry in Columbia and was city mayor. I was looking forward to seeing them at our 50th reunion.

Jan Hirschfield, MD ’61, Seminole, Fla.

Dippy Canoe Tigers

The group of MU alumni in the accompanying photo are perpetuating close friendships born on campus nearly 60 years ago. It all began when five Mizzou Delta Tau Delta alumni set out on a float of the Current River in Johnboats at Eminence, Mo., in 1961. Four of them are in this photo.

floating tigers

Proudly showing their Mizzou pride on their 50th annual Ozark river outing are these vintage Floatin' Tigers, all MU graduates from 1951–54. Back row, from left: Phil Acuff, BS BA ’53; Don Kaufmann, BS BA ’52; George Buchanan, BJ ’52, BS BA ’57; Dale Klausman, BS BA ’53; and Gregg Smith, BJ ’58. Front row, from left: Wally Eggers, BJ ’52; Dave Dolan, BA ’52; Ken Elam, BS BA ’55; Joe Crawford, BA ’54; Ken Bartlett, BS BA ’50; and Ken Brown, BA ’54, MA ’58. Not shown, Guy Rose, BS BA ’55.

Over the succeeding five decades, the roster of this group, later named the Dippy Canoe Sporting Establishment, grew to more than 45 alumni from coast to coast. Of course nearly all retired now, and some deceased. Our group includes a range of admirable success stories, all launched with an MU education — business owners, attorneys, judges, municipal mayors, home builders, developers, investment bankers, journalists, inventors and corporate leaders.

We have enjoyed floating nearly every scenic Ozark stream at least once. For a number of years, we gathered for three annual river outings; a stag float in the spring, a family float in the summer and a couples’ float in the fall.

As loyal MU alumni for decades, many have contributed generously to the University, both financially and as participants in alumni activities. Their lasting bonds forged as undergraduates have grown ever more treasured over time. Go Tigers!

Wally Eggers, BJ ’52, McAllen, Texas