1973 in Clemson History
Events in 1973:
- The Burt Lancaster film The Midnight Man is filmed in Clemson and surrounding areas. Clemson students "edit" bumper stickers to read "Clemons", after references in the movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfTOFVKNM18
- The Southern Railway donates its depot in Central to the town.
- The university gains title to the 1930s-era city post office next to the Old Greenville Highway facing Bowman Field. (Edwards, Robert C., "Letter from the president", The Tiger, Friday 24 August 1973, Volume LXVII, Number 1, page 2.) This will become Mell Hall as it is renovated.
- Brazilian jazz artist Eumir Deodato releases his second album, Deodato 2, containing a jammin' track named "Super Strut". WSBF compiles it onto one of the 12-inch ATC (automatic tape control) reels that play when the station isn't live, and the 9-minute jam gets much airplay for several years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Ik81plN_Q
- Red Parker is hired away from The Citadel to become Clemson's nineteenth head football coach.
- February 13: Filming begins on The Midnight Man with the opening shots of the Trailways bus arriving next to what is now Mell Hall, then the Clemson city post office, that actor Burt Lancaster steps off of at the beginning of the movie. (The Tiger, Friday 16 February 1973, Volume LXVI, Number 19, page 1.)
- February 14-February 17: The Clemson Little Theatre presents Howard Richardson's Dark of the Moon, based on the legend of Barbara Allen and dealing with the superstitions of mountain people, in the Food Industries Auditorium at 8 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, 50 cents for students, but free with a student i.d. for the Thursday night performance. (Walser, Marilyn, Strange theatrical experience, The Tiger, Friday 16 February 1973, Volume LXVI, Number 19, page 7.)
- February 16: Speakers Bureau presents Ellen Peck, author of The Baby Trap, in a presentation on "To Bear or not to Bear", at 2 p.m. in Tillman Auditorium.
- February 16-February 17: The Clemson Players present See How They Run in the Daniel Hall theatre at 8 p.m., directed by Corinne Sawyer. (Qualls, Nancy, Players present farce, The Tiger, Friday 16 February 1973, Volume LXVI, Number 19, page 6.)
- February 19: Virgil Fox with Revelation Lights (a light show) performs Heavy Organ in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m., as part of the Clemson University Concert Series. He performs on a massive Rogers Touring Organ and offers selections by Johann Sebastian Bach. (The Tiger, Friday 23 February 1973, Volume LXVI, Number 20, page 1.)
- February 21: Campus Crusade for Christ presents The New Folk, a country-rock band blending a "down home" mood with contemporary lyrics, in Tillman Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m., free admission. (New Folk sings lively music, The Tiger, Friday 16 February 1973, Volume LXVI, Number 19, page 6.)
- February 22-February 24: The Clemson Players present See How They Run in the Daniel Hall theatre at 8 p.m., directed by Corinne Sawyer. (Qualls, Nancy, Players present farce, The Tiger, Friday 16 February 1973, Volume LXVI, Number 19, page 6.)
- Mid-March: Nancy Jacobs Qualls named as first female editor of The Tiger.
- March 17: Central Dance Association presents Alice Cooper in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. Opening acts are A Brand New Show and Flo and Eddie. Advance tickets are $5.25, and $6.25 for the floor, and $6.25 at the door.
March 23: Pink Floyd performs new album Dark Side of the Moon at Littlejohn Coliseum.
- March 30: Central Dance Association presents Leon Russell in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $5.50, floor tickets are $6.50, and admission at the door is $6.50.
- April: First annual Bengal Ball is held by the Union at Y Beach. WSBF broadcasts live with a jerry-rigged remote using a radio-telephone, hooked up to a car battery, developed by engineer Tom Hill.
- April 26: Dr. John H. Butler directs the Clemson University Concert Band in Tillman Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m. Selections presented include Broadway show tunes, George M. Cohan's music, the Overture from Tommy, and selections from the works of Handel and Bach. Free admission. (Butler set to conduct, The Tiger, Friday 20 April 1973, Volume LXVI, Number 27, page 15.)
- May 5: Central Dance Association presents Jethro Tull in concert in Littlejohn Coliseum, 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $5.50, $6.50 for the floor, and door admission is $6.50.
- May 26: Mrs. Edgar A. Brown dies.
- June 9: The Clemson Alumni Center is dedicated.
- July 20: Fusion musician John McLaughlin and guitarist Carlos Santana, both followers of Sri Chinmoy, release an album of devotional songs, Love Devotion Surrender, which includes recordings of John Coltrane compositions including a movement of "A Love Supreme", with backing of both their bands (Mahavishnu Orchestra and Santana). "A Love Supreme" is compiled onto a WSBF ATC (automatic tape control) 12-inch reel, and will receive vast airplay over the next couple of years. Great to hear go by in the middle of a long study night... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c9g7Gzg9Ew&feature=related
- September 8: Clemson defeats the Citadel in Death Valley, 14-12. The Allman Brothers Band's biggest hit to chart in the Billboard Top 40, "Ramblin Man", appears in the listings this date, reaches number 2 during 13-week run. (Whitburn, Joel, "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits", Billboard Publications, Inc., New York, 1985, ISBN 0-8230-7518-4, page 22.) Despite band's regional popularity, they will only crack the 40 twice more - in 1979, and 1981.
- August 20: The Clemson campus goes "pedestrian", with intracampus thoroughfares closed off between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Calhoun Street in front of Brackett Hall and South Palmetto Boulevard opposite the Cooper Library are blocked off during these hours, Monday through Friday. (Patterson, Danny, "Pedestrian campus: good, bad", The Tiger, Friday 24 August 1973, Volume LXVII, Number 1, page 3.)
- September 6: The Clemson University Concert Series presents John Chappell as "Mark Twain On Stage", in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. Admission is free for university students with an activity card; season tickets for others are $10 and $5, individual tickets are $3 and $1. Special Clemson student date tickets on sale at Gate 5 for $1; advance tickets available at the Music Department office in 617 Strode Tower. (Display advert, The Tiger, Friday 31 August 1973, Volume LXVII, Number 2, page 5.)
- September 11: A Speakers Bureau speech by outstanding basketball player Bill Bradley of the New York Knicks is postponed until October 10 when the team begins practice one week early. (Truett, Susan, "Speakers won't appear", The Tiger, Friday 14 September 1973, Volume LXVII, Number 4, page 6.)
- September 20: Singer Jim Croce, 30, ("Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "Time in a Bottle") is killed in a 10:45 p.m. take-off crash of a Beechcraft E18S twin-engined aircraft, N50JR, c/n BA-176, from Natchitoches, Louisiana. Also killed were his publicist Kenny Cortese, singer Maury Muehleisen, road manager Dennis Rast, comedian George Stevens and pilot Robert Elliot. All 6 aboard killed. Crashed into trees at the end of the runway while taking off after not gaining altitude. Pilot failed to see/avoid objects, obstructions.
- September 22: The Tigers play at Georgia, losing, 14-31.
- September 29: Georgia Tech defeats Clemson in Atlanta, 21-29.
- October 3: A scheduled Speakers Bureau appearance by Watergate burglar James W. McCord Jr. this date is cancelled in mid-September when Federal Judge John J. Sirica orders both him and fellow conspirator Jeb S. Magruder to refrain from making public addresses or grant interviews if they want to remain free pending sentencing for their parts in the cover-up of the break-in of the Democratic National Headquarters by those acting on behalf of the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP). (Truett, Susan, "Speakers won't appear", The Tiger, Friday 14 September 1973, Volume LXVII, Number 4, page 6.)
- October 6: The Tigers host Texas A&M, but lose, 15-30. Across the water, armed forces of Syria and Egypt attack Israel in the "Yom Kippur War" or the "October War".
- October 11-October 15: The International Students Association of Clemson holds an International Bazaar, featuring arts and crafts from around the world, at the YMCA, during Homecoming weekend. The bazaar is open 5-10 p.m. on October 11, 1-11 p.m. on October 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4:30-10:30 p.m. on October 13, 1:30-6:30 p.m. on October 14, and 5-10 p.m. on October 15. (The Tiger, Friday 5 October 1973, Volume LXVII, Number 7, page 5.)
- October 12: Tigerama is held in Death Valley featuring "6 skits, homecoming pageantry and fireworks display", sponsored by Blue Key with technical assistance by WSBF. Tickets are 99 cents. (Display advert, The Tiger, Friday 12 October 1973, Volume LXVII, Number 8, page 20.)
- October 13: Clemson manages to at least beat Virginia in Death Valley, 32-27. Central Dance Association presents Chuck Berry in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $5.25 and $6.25 on the floor, with $6.25 admission at the door. Tickets on sale in both dining halls, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. (Display advert, The Tiger, Friday 5 October 1973, Volume LXVII, Number 7, page 10.) Columbia Records releases seminal jazz fusion album "Head Hunters" by Herbie Hancock. Funky track "Chameleon" will get boat loads of airplay on WSBF for years to come. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy0qsrny58I And sousaphone players in marching bands get a standard jam bass line from the intro...
- October 17: The Clemson University Concert Series presents "Godspell" in Littlejohn Coliseum, 8 p.m.
- October 20: The Tigers beat Duke, 24-8, in Memorial Stadium.
- October 27: The first televised Clemson game since 1968, as the Tigers meet N.C. State in Death Valley. The Wolfpack wins, 6-29. Aired by ABC, this is the eighth time the Tigers have been broadcast.
- November 3: Clemson beats Wake Forest, 35-8, in Memorial Stadium. Wake will go 1-9. Central Dance Association presents Cheech and Chong in Littlejohn Coliseum with opening act Marshall Tucker Band at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $5.25 for general admission, $6.25 on the floor, and $6.25 at the door.
- November 10: The Tigers defeat North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 37-29.
- November 16: Central Dance Association presents the J. Geils Band in Littlejohn Coliseum with opening act Focus at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.25 for general admission, $6.25 on the floor in advance, and $6.25 at the door. Tickets on sale in Harcombe Commons and Schilletter Dining Halls, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Special student prices are $4.25 for general admission and $5.25 on the floor until 7 p.m. November 12 with student i.d. and activities card. (Display advert, The Tiger, Friday 9 November 1973, page 13.)
- November 17: Clemson loses to Maryland, 13-28, in Death Valley. The Student Union presents a beer bust at the Y Beach gym, 8 p.m-12 p.m., admission is $1.50. Music provided by Justice. "52 kegs of Bud - All the beert you can drink" promises a box advert in The Tiger, Friday 16 November 1973, page 7.
- November 19: The Board of Trustees meet on campus. (The Tiger, "Be There", Friday 16 November 1973, page 9.) The Jervey Athletic Center is dedicated, named for Frank Johnstone Jervey, better known as "Captain Jervey", a former vice president for development, and Life Member of the Board of Trustees.
- November 24: The Tigers are defeated by the Gamecocks in Columbia, 20-32. Clemson has a 5-6 season, 4-2 in conference, third in the ACC.