1981 in Clemson History
Events that occurred in 1981:
- Mary Lohr replaces Geraldine Labecki as the dean of the College of Nursing. Labecki had served since 1968 and retired on June 30, 1980. Lohr will serve until 1986. Opal Hipps will assume the position in 1987.
- "Old Clemson College - It Was a Hell of a Place" by Frank M. Mellette, class of 1936, is published, printed by WH Wolfe Associates, Historical Publications Division, Roswell, Georgia. No ISBN number.
- Victoria Square shopping center is erected on College Avenue.
- Clemson University assumes operating responsibility for the campus post office from the U.S. Postal Service.
- March: The Bookstore bar and disco closes when owner Manning H. Garren dies. (Daugherty, Jim, staff writer, "Arson suspected cause of Bookstore blaze", The Tiger, Thursday 16 April 1981, Volume 74, Number 26, page 1.)
- March 26: The Clemson Women's Basketball team finishes ranked 20th in the final Associated Press poll, the team's first top-20 ranking in a final poll.
- March 30: John Hinckley makes an attempt on President Ronald Reagan's life outside the Washington Hilton. The Tiger and TAPS staffer C. Mark Sublette free-lance covers the story from Washington Circle, in front of the George Washington University Hospital where Reagan was taken after the shooting, carried on the South Carolina News Network.
- April 11: Ninth annual Bengal Ball held at the Y Beach, sponsored by CDCC. More than 4,000 gather and hear music by rock bands Silverspring and The Winter Brothers. As usual, the Dixie Skydivers drop in. Three Budweiser trucks provide the suds. (Weber, Max, "Bengal Ball Bash", TAPS 1982, Volume 72, pages 18-19.)
- April 11: Donnie C. McAnelly, a 31-year old textile employee from Pendleton, is arrested at his home around 8 p.m. and is charged with indecent exposure and aggravated assault, after he is identified by his vehicle license tag after at least 20-25 incidents where he was seen jogging nude at East Bank and in the Horticultural Gardens. Police had been after the nude jogger for over a year, with four or five sightings in the last month. Jim Brummitt, chief inspector for campus police, said that he was becoming more brazen, not only in the frequency of his appearances, but also in their severity. "A couple of times recently he has put his hands on females," said Brummitt. "In one instance he tried to pull a female's pants off." The suspect was released on $10,000 bond. (Sifford, Sha, news editor, "Nude jogger suspect caught, out on bond", The Tiger, Thursday 16 April 1981, Volume 74, Number 26, page 1.)
- April 12: A fire, suspected as arson, damages The Bookstore bar and disco, closed since the death of the owner in March. The Clemson Fire Department receives a call from the Clemson Police Department at precisely 1 a.m. Sunday morning, with 25 firemen responding to the alert. Students passing by the business shortly before the fire apparatus arrived reported noting the smell of "kerosene or something unusual." Magistrate R. G. Hopkins issued a search warrant for any flammable substance which may have been used to set the fire. Firemen quickly extinguished the blaze in two back rooms of the business. Smoke damage was also reported at The Record Hole, Sloan's Store, and Clint's Barber Shop. (Daugherty, Jim, staff writer, "Arson suspected cause of Bookstore blaze", The Tiger, Thursday 16 April 1981, Volume 74, Number 26, page 1.)
- April 16: The Buzzard, Volume 15, Number 1, published as twelve page insert in The Tiger. Front page headlines read "Chair given; questioned; faulty sen-see HEADLINE/page 13", "Puke Power Co. revises evacuation plan".
- May 18: The East Bank recreation area officially opens for swimming for the season, remaining open seven days a week through Labor Day. (Harris, Andy, special to the Tiger, "East Bank begins swim season", The Tiger, Thursday 16 April 1981, Volume 74, Number 26, page 2.)
- July 8: R.E.M., founded in Athens, Georgia in 1980, releases first song "Radio Free Europe", on the short-lived independent Hib-Tone label.
- August 1: MTV first goes on the air. First video shown is "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. Initially, it is little seen in Clemson as Fort Hill Cable was only just being installed in the area.
- August: The Spitoono music festival is organized, sponsored by the Redneck Performing Arts Association and hosted in the parking lot of the Esso Club.
- September 5: In home opener, the Tigers crush Wofford, 45-10. Wofford was a late addition to the schedule when Villanova University opted to drop football in the spring of 1981. (TAPS 1982, Volume 72, page 30.)
- September 9: Organizations Day, an annual event since 1973, is held on Bowman Field. (TAPS 1982, Volume 72, page 28.)
- September 12: Clemson wins night game at Tulane, 13-5.
- September 14: The Clemson University Concert Series presents the Cleveland Orchestra, directed by Lorin Maazel, in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. Individual tickets on sale at the Music Department or at the box office (Gate 5). Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children. Season tickets for entire concert series are $20 for adults, $10 for students.
- September 18: The First Friday Parade is held before the actual second game of the season. When Wofford was added to the schedule in the spring after Villanova University decided to drop football, Pi Kappa Alpha, parade sponsors, decided not to reschedule due to extensive pre-planning already in place. Grand Marshalls are President Bill Atchley and Capt. Frank Jervey. Free concert in the afternoon on the steps of the YMCA by Stratus, playing contemporary rock music including a Beatles tribute, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team jumps from their C-7 Caribou and lands on Bowman Field at 5:30. One flies a Clemson flag while another team member delivers the game ball for the Georgia match-up. A pep rally in the Amphitheatre follows the parade, with members of D-3 Johnstone attending in loin cloths. (TAPS 1982, Volume 72, pages 30-33.) Floats in this parade are so ribald and the amount of public intoxication is so wide that the parade never again routes through College Avenue.
- September 19: The Tigers host number four-ranked Georgia, win, 13-3. The Allman Brothers Band have third and final Billboard Top 40 action as "Straight From The Heart" enters chart this date, peaks at 39 in short two-week stay. (Whitburn, Joel, "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits", Billboard Publications, Inc., New York, 1985, ISBN 0-8230-7518-4, page 22.)
- October 3: Fourteenth-ranked Clemson travels to Kentucky, defeating them, 21-3.
- October 9: At a ceremony in the lobby of the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library, Senator Strom Thurmond signs agreement to donate his papers and memorabilia to Clemson University, and President Bill Atchley announces plans for a three-building complex to be named in honor of the 1923 graduate. (Pepper, William, "Thurmond Center Announced", TAPS 1982, Volume 72, pages 176-177.) Twenty-fifth annual Tigerama held in Death Valley with Miss Universe Shawn Weatherly and WFBC announcer Jim Phillips as emcees. Tiger Band, the 4:30 Thursday singers and the Nickelodean Cloggers entertain. Allison Howell is selected as Homecoming Queen from ten finalists. (Gibson, Monica, "Homecoming 1981", TAPS 1982, Volume 72, pages 50-57.)
- October 10: Ninth-ranked Tigers blank Virginia in Death Valley for Homecoming, 27-0. The 1956 football team and Coach Frank Howard are honored during the game on their Silver Anniversary. (Gibson, Monica, "Homecoming 1981", TAPS 1982, Volume 72, page 57.) Comedian Red Skelton gives two hours of entertainment in Littlejohn Coliseum in the evening. During his several day stay in Clemson, he also lectures on American humor in several English classes. (Mattison, Keith, "Red Skelton Delights Clemson", TAPS 1982, Volume 72, page 48.) The Atlanta Rhythm Section visits the Billboard Top 40 for the last time as "Alien" enters listings this date, peaking at 29th during four weeks. (Whitburn, Joel, "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits", Billboard Publications, Inc., New York, 1985, ISBN 0-8230-7518-4, page 28.)
- October 17: The number six-ranked Tigers travel to Duke, beating the Blue Devils, 38-10.
- October 24: Ranked fourth, Clemson defeats N.C. State in Death Valley, 17-7. This was the first game dubbed the Textile Bowl, with trophy awarded to the winning team. CDCC and Beachclub Promotions present the Beach Boys in Littlejohn Coliseum, with some 7,000 in attendence. (TAPS 1982, pages 90-91.)
- October 31: The third-ranked Tigers blow out Wake Forest, 82-24. Band Commander James Grubb assists the Tiger with push-ups in the fourth quarter.
- November 7: Second-ranked Tigers travel to number eighth North Carolina, winning, 10-8.
- November 14: Still ranked second by the Associated Press, Clemson hosts Maryland, winning, 21-7.
- November 21: The second-ranked Tigers wrap up their first undefeated season since 1948 with a 29-13 defeat of South Carolina in Columbia. Clemson is 11-0, 6-0 in conference, for first place in the ACC.
- Fall: Coach Danny Ford's football team goes undefeated, 11-0, and then beats Nebraska Cornhuskers, 22-15, in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, to clinch the Tigers' first National Championship on New Year's Day 1982. Both Associated Press and United Press International final polls list Clemson on top.