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Events in 1971

  • "The Pendleton Legacy" by Beth Ann Klosky is published by Sandlapper Press, Inc., Columbia, South Carolina, Library of Congress card number 73-143043, ISBN 0-87844-005-4, "an illustrated history of the district", states the flyleaf.
  • Sonny Franks and Norman Hamilton found Rainbow Graphics in Clemson.
  • January: The Chronicle sees print for distribution, using materials salvaged from the censored/destroyed edition. The Tiger Belles, "a group of 27 spirited coeds" who serve as sports "hostesses", is founded by basketball Coach Tates Locke, borrowing an idea from Miami (Ohio) University. The first year's crop will be appointed after try-outs and interviews beginning in the fall.
  • The 140,000-kilowatt Keowee Hydro Station on Lake Keowee begins producing power early this year. (The Blue Ridge Arts Council, "The Heritage of Oconee County, Vol. 1, 1868-1995", Walsworth Publishing Company, Marceline, Missouri / Waynesville, North Carolina, 1995, Library of Congress card number 95-61417, page 6.)
  • January 1: The Astro III theatre's target opening date for new "state of the art" cinema on Six Mile Road next to the Winn-Dixie. It will be a little late.
  • January 1: The final day that cigarette advertising is permitted on radio and television in the United States.
  • January 21: The Astro III hosts an exclusive showing of Twentieth Century Fox's film Tora Tora Tora, which translates from Japanese as Tiger Tiger Tiger.
  • January 22: The Astro III opens for business, Clemson's third theatre, after the Clemson Theatre across from Judge Keller's Store, and the YMCA Theatre on campus in what is now Holtzendorff Hall. The Astro III is a single screen theatre as designed and will not be subdivided until the late 1980s. It is operated by Star Theatres of Greenville, Inc. Later owners Carmike Cinemas will close it after final show on August 7, 2008.
  • January 23: Chicago plays in Littlejohn Coliseum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHZJCJerqhM
  • Late January: Long-time Clemson restauranteur Dan Gentry passes away after a few month's illness. The restaurant that he opened in 1952 across the Old Greenville Highway from the town post office carries on for about two more years, but eventually it closes - but not before appearing in the background of an early scene in the Burt Lancaster movie The Midnight Man in 1973.
  • January 28: Preston B. Holtzendorff, Jr., long-time manager of the Clemson Y. M. C. A., dies. He is interred in Woodland Cemetery. (http://files.usgwarchives.net/sc/oconee/cemeteries/c243a.txt)
  • February 17-February 20, February 26-February 27: The Clemson Little Theatre, the Clemson Music Club and the Clemson Players co-sponsor Guys And Dolls in Daniel Auditorium.
  • March 10: The Johann Strauss Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Walter Puschacher, director, performs in Littlejohn Coliseum as part of the Clemson University Concert Series. Performance at 8 p.m. (Riley, Helene M., "Clemson University", Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina, 2002, Library of Congress card number 2002108889, ISBN 0-7385-1470-5, page 120.)
  • May 1: The United States Congress forms the National Rail Passenger Corporation, commonly known as "Amtrak", to take over the ailing national rail passenger train system. The Southern Railway opts to stay out of the infant system and agrees to run its four remaining trains, including the Southern Crescent, until at least 1975. The Southern subsidiary Central of Georgia does join the new system, however, and the daily Nancy Hanks II between Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia is discontinued. Its dome coach is transferred to trains 3 and 4, the Asheville Special, between Salisbury and Asheville, North Carolina.
  • June 13: The New York Times publishes the first installment of leaked documents about U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia titled "Vietnam Archive: Pentagon Study Traces Three Decades of Growing US Involvement" which will become known in the media as the Pentagon Papers. These reports undercut the public stance of the American military's assertions about how the Vietnam War is going by revealing more accurate private assessments. Public support for U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia continues to wane.
  • June 30: The University of South Carolina tenders its resignation to the Atlantic Coast Conference in a dispute about academic standards. This is the first and only withdrawal from the ACC.
  • July: The Allman Brothers Band releases double live album At Fillmore East on Capricorn Records, Macon, Georgia.
  • July 3: Jim Morrison, lead singer for The Doors, dies in Paris from a suspected heroin overdose. He was 27.
  • Summer: Pixie & Bill's Restaurant opens on the US 123 By-pass.
  • August: Clemson University ROTC becomes elective and open to women. "Rat Season" gasps its last when an attempt by Central Spirit Committee and a small cadre of "sadistic upper classmen" (The Tiger, September 3, 1971) fails to revive the hazing practices. In 1970, Rat Pacts were handed out by a small platoon of dedicated traditionalists (freshman variety), and the final Rat Olympics was staged. It will become the Tiger Paw Olympics in 1971.
  • August 24: The Baptist Student Union hosts a Freshman Party at 7:30 p.m. in the "student center".
  • August 25: The Rugby Club holds a team meeting for all veterans and rookies interested in joining, on the eighth level above the Loggia. The Sailing Club holds an all-day sail, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the sailing section of the Y Beach. Party held at Issaqueena Falls afterwards.
  • August 26: The Ku Klux Klan holds a rally at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway on highway 123, The Tiger reports on August 27.
  • August 30: Calhoun Forensic Society holds its organizational meeting at 3:45 p.m. in Daniel Hall room 417.
  • August 31: The Dixie Skydivers meet at 7 p.m. in Brackett Hall room 1. Delta Sigma Nu holds its first meeting of the semester for old and new members at 7:30 p.m. in Kinard room 1.
  • September 1: The Young Democrats hold their organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Hardin Hall room 107.
  • September 2: Pep rally held in the Amphitheatre with a "hot pants contest for University women" (The Tiger, August 27, 1971, page 6).
  • September 4: The Tiger Paw Olympics is held on the YMCA Field Riggs Field, replacing the Rat Olympics of times gone by. WSBF broadcasts by remote from the event.
  • September 6-September 11: The College of Agricultural Sciences sponsors Aggie Week, culminating with a Friday night dance, with music by Utopia, free admission. An Ag Queen is crowned.
  • September 6: TAPS '72 drop-in in the annual offices on the ninth level above the Loggia, 8 p.m.
  • September 8: Come see the Greeks - sponsored by the Interfraternity Council (IFC), on the Frat Quad, featuring the music of the band Skinny, 7-9 p.m.
  • September 9: An "Orange Parade" is held to drum up spirit on campus ("Campus Spirit Sought" by Lewis Kirk, The Tiger, August 27, 1971, page 6).
  • September 10: Open air concert held on "YMCA Field" (Riggs Field) under lights - called the "Kentucky Derby". The Tiger observes on August 27, 1971, that a contest may be held for Wildcat effigies.
  • September 11: Clemson is defeated by Kentucky, 10-13, in Death Valley. The Allman Brothers Band perform in Littlejohn Coliseum, with opening acts, Lion, a South Carolina band, and Wishbone Ash, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $4 for general admission, $5 on the floor. This is an interesting show in that the two headliner bands both utilize the twin-guitar lead format. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXrcINvsREU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tna0Mmu1XlI&feature=related
  • September 25: The Tigers are defeated by the Georgia Bulldogs in Death Valley, 0-28. The James Gang, with opening act Goose Creek Symphony, perform in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. Tickets are $4 in advance, $5 on the floor, and $5 at the door. (Display advert, The Tiger, Friday 24 September 1971, Volume LXV, NUmber 7, page 11.)
  • October 2: In a road game to Atlanta, the Tigers fall to Georgia Tech, 14-24.
  • October 9: Clemson ekes out a 3-0 win over Duke in the Oyster Bowl, played in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • October 16: The Tigers defeat Virginia, 32-15, in the Tobacco Bowl, played in Richmond, Virginia.
  • October 23: Clemson loses to Auburn in a road game, 13-35.
  • October 28-November 14: The Rudolph Lee Gallery of the College of Architecture presents an exhibit, "Still Life Today", sponsored by the Clemson Architectural Foundation. The various styles of 24 contemporary artists were selected by five experts on still life art: Tom L. Freudenheim, formerly of Berkeley, California; Martin L. Friedman, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Loyd McNeill, Washington, D.C.; Donald L. Weisman, Austin, Texas; and the American Federation of Arts (AFA) in New York. Each selector recommended five painters from his region, and their works were then purchased for the show. The exhibition includes the work of several well known artists such as Romare H. Bearden, Jane Freilicher, Yvonne Jacquette and Sylvia Mangold, as well as the works of many newcomers and lesser known painters. (Camak, Tommy, "Lee Gallery: 'Still Life Today", The Tiger, Friday 29 October 1971, Volume LXV, Number 12, page 13.)
  • October 29: Guitarist Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band is killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia. He is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, where Dickie Betts saw the headstone that inspired the title to the band's first original track, "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed".
From The Tiger, Friday 5 November 1971, Volume LXV, Number 13, page 7, by Associate Editor Tom Priddy:
Deep inside Littlejohn Coliseum, in a place called the Tiger Den, is a room being used now for a baseball locker room. Shirts and gloves hang on pegs in the cubbyholes and bats lean up against the walls. Right in between locker "42 Hughes" and "43 Ledford" sits Duane Allman, tired and slightly damp from a just-completed concert.
Allman takes a sip of his coke, leans forward, curls a broken guitar string around his finger, unwraps it, and wraps it back around. Allman talks a little about the show. "Yeah, that new one we did tonight...it was called 'Blue Sky' or something. It was almost right tonight. It'll be right tomorrow. It takes us years to get these things right, you know."
"Blue Sky" is one of the tracks to be included in the Allman Brothers Band's next album. "We've got three cuts recorded from our new album," Allman says. "But that's all he says. Mostly he talks about motorcycles.
"You go to foolin' with motorcycles," he tells Dicky Betts, "and you know you're gonna take a screw." Duane is complaining about a malfunctioning throttle on one of his new bikes, one of nine the Allmans own all together. "Get a manual," Betts tells him. "It'll break it down for you part by part."
"Naw," Allman says. "As far as stripping it down and getting all greasy goes, I'm not gonna do it."
There's more of course; more talk, more complaints, more problems. Then the realization that they depart the next morning at 7:30 for Harrisburg. They leave.
It's been nearly two months since Duane Allman left the locker room to get into the station wagon that took them off. The Allmans made it to Harrisburg and to lots of concerts after that. They were to close out their tour at Carnegie Hall in New York. Their biggest tour yet. Last week they were back at their home in Macon, Georgia for a little rest before New York. Duane Allman was riding his motorcycle behind a truck, smashed into the back of it as it was making a right turn, and died in the hospital. It could have been the throttle. It could have been anything, but Duane Allman is gone. So quickly.
Damn the throttle.
  • October 29: The Tiger reports on this date (page 7) that the Threatt-Maxwell Construction Company of Greenville has apparently submitted the low bid for construction of a new Alumni Center at $356,580. Bids from seven firms ranged up to $417,754. Califf and Player, a Columbia architectural firm, designed the one-story building which will have 12,000 square feet of floor space. Preliminary work will begin following final acceptance of the bid by the Board of Trustees, the National Council of the Clemson Alumni Association, and the State Budget and Control Board. Completion is expected by the summer of 1972.
  • October 30: The Tigers beat Wake Forest in Death Valley, 10-9, for Homecoming. Central Dance Association presents Rare Earth in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. Tickets are $3 in advance, $4 on the floor, and $4 at the door. (Display advert, The Tiger, Friday, 29 October 1971, Volume LXV, Number 12, page 12.)
  • November 6: Clemson defeated by North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 13-26.
  • November 13: The Tigers defeat the Terrapins of Maryland in Memorial Stadium, 20-14.
  • Fall: Football Coach Hootie Ingram's best season, 5-6, 4-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for second place.
  • November 17: New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m., presented by the Clemson University Concert Series. Students admitted free, season tickets are $10 and $5, individual tickets are $3 and $1, as reported in The Tiger, November 12, 1971.
  • November 19: David Ezell, a folk singer from Spartanburg, performs in The Gutter under the YMCA at 9 p.m., 25 cent admission.
  • November 20: Clemson is defeated by North Carolina State in Death Valley, 23-31. The Central Dance Association presents Poco in concert in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. Tickets are $3.25 in advance, $4.25 on the floor, and $4.25 at the door. CDA after party held at the Y Barn from 11 p.m. until... Admission is $2 per couple.
  • November 20: Central Dance Association plans a concert in Littlejohn Coliseum with Rod Stewart and the Faces, announced in August, but it will be postponed until April 22, 1972 when the artists require more time in the studio in the United Kingdom. (This was probably in support of Stewart's second solo album, "Never a Dull Moment", released July 21, 1972. - Ed.)
  • November 27: The Tigers defeat the Gamecocks in Columbia, 17-7. Clemson has 5-6 season, 4-2 in conference, second in the ACC.
  • November 29: The Clemson University Concert Series presents Five by "The Six", a concert of varieties in vocal music in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. Season tickets are $10 and $5, individual tickets are $3 and $1, students free.

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