December 30

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December 30 in Clemson History

  • 1902: Cadet Lorin Oscar King, (b. February 21, 1878), dies at home of ill health after being compelled to leave school in October, being bed-ridden since November 6. (Commemorated on page 72, The Oconeean, Volume One, 1903.)
  • 1907: Frank Scott Shiver (March 28, 1871-December 30, 1907), Assistant Professor of Agricultural Analyses at Clemson Agricultural College, and Chemist with the South Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, dies this date.
  • 1964: Former Clemson Board of Trustees member Bennette Eugene Geer dies in Greenville, South Carolina.
  • 1977: Final year for Tiger Band's worn-out 1963-vintage Guardsman uniforms, in which they perform a "Star Wars" half-time show at the Gator Bowl on December 30, Clemson's first bowl appearance since the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl. Not surprisingly, the Pittsburgh marching band also does a "Star Wars" show. Clemson is defeated by the defending National Champion Pittsburgh Panthers led by future NFL star player and coach Matt Cavanaugh, 34-3, for a season record of 8-3-1. Obed Ariri puts the sole face-saving score through the uprights.
  • 1989: Clemson, ranked fourteenth, shuts down Heisman Trophy finalist Major Harris as the Tigers defeat the seventeenth-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 27-7, in the 45th Mazda Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. This is the first meeting between the two teams. Future NFL Pro-Bowl player Chester McGlockton, seals the Tigers' win midway through the fourth quarter by knocking the ball from Mountaineers quarterback Major Harris and falling on it in the end zone for a touchdown. The Tigers' season record is 10-2, 5-2 in conference for third in the ACC. Post-season polls place Clemson twelfth (Associated Press and USA Today) and eleventh (United Press International). This was Danny Ford's last game as Clemson's head coach.
  • 1999: Clemson takes on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, a game in which all the scoring takes place in the second half. Mississippi State prevails, 7-17. The Tigers finish with a 6-6 record overall, 5-3 in the ACC for second place in conference.
  • 2008: The 20th-ranked Tigers meet South Carolina on the hardwood floor in Columbia. Tigers beat the Cocks, 98-87, to move season record to 13-0.
  • 2009Mac's Drive-In in Pendleton, died Wednesday night, a few hours after he was honored at a gathering in the intensive care unit at AnMed Health Medical Center.
McKeown was 82. He had been in the hospital about a month.
Suzy Barnett, a family member, said his death came about 10:50 p.m.
Earlier in the day, about 100 people gathered in a room at AnMed Health to honor McKeown.

Larry Abernathy said.

McKeown opened the restaurant along with Dan Gentry in 1956, shortly after graduating from Clemson University with a mechanical engineering degree. Since then, the man everyone calls Mac had become beloved in Clemson and Pendleton.


At the hospital gathering, he was honored with a proclamation, read by Clemson city councilman Jeremy Wright, designating Dec. 30 as "Harold "Mac" McKeown Day. The mayor presented a medallion. Clemson University President Jim Barker presented a plaque representing the Clemson ring in naming McKeown an honorary alumnus of the university.
Former Clemson football coach Danny Ford was there, along with Jim DavisBill McLellan. Former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler was there as well.
McKeown also received a congratulatory phone call from Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, who is on vacation in Alabama following the Tigers' recent bowl win in Nashville.
McKeown was surrounded by dozens of family, friends and co-
Sometimes Mac helped by slipping someone some extra cash or sliding a free cheeseburger plate along the counter of his drive-
Reporter Liz Carey contributed to this story, via Anderson Independent-Mail.


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