February 13

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February 13 in Clemson History

Events on February 13 in Clemson's History[edit]

  • 1973: 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.)
  • 1979: Shawn Weatherly wins Miss Clemson University title, beginning her run to the Miss Universe crown.
  • 1991: William Wright Bryan, Sr. dies of pneumonia in Clemson after a long career as a journalist and Clemson administrator.
  • 2008: The Clemson Lady Tigers basketball team will “Shoot for the Cure” on Wednesday, February 13, as they take on the Duke Blue Devils in a 7:00 p.m. contest at Littlejohn Coliseum in their effort to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. In 2007, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association began “Think Pink” as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified in this effort and helped make the inaugural year of “Think Pink” a success.

There are several opportunities for fans to get involved and donate to “Think Pink,” including:

1. Pledging a dollar amount per Clemson free throw made by signing up at the Guest Services Counter in Littlejohn Coliseum (Clemson currently averages 10 made free throws game)
2. Signing up for a pledge with a Zeta Tau Alphamember
3. Making a flat donation that can be turned in to the Guest Services Counter

All breast cancer survivors, including their immediate families, will receive free admission to the game by mentioning that they are a breast cancer survivor at any gate. Clemson Athletics will also recognize these breast cancer survivors during halftime of the contest. If you are a breast cancer survivor and would like to attend this game, please email mwelch@clemson.edu so you can be properly recognized. The Clemson Lady Tigers basketball team will donate a matching gift for each donation up to $5,000. All money raised will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For more information, please visit www.clemsontigers.com or contact Mark Welch at mwelch@clemson.edu.

  • 2009: Melissa “Missy” Wylie, long-time employee at Columbo's Pizza on Pendleton Road, dies of a gunshot wound to the chest at her home at 209 Maple Boulevard, Clemson. Her husband, Clifford Austin Wylie, 52, is charged with murder in connection with her death. Wylie, 50, who co-workers said was the mother of two sons aged 7 and 23, was pronounced dead at her home at 209 Maple Blvd. in Clemson Friday night after city of Clemson police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call from her around 8:57 p.m. According to a Clemson police department news release, officers were met at the door of the Wylie residence by Clifford Wylie. According to the officers, Melissa Wylie, who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the chest, was lying on the floor of the house in a pool of blood. Clifford Wylie was taken into custody Friday night and is awaiting a bond hearing, according to Clemson Police Capt. Karry Walker. An autopsy was conducted at the Greenville Hospital System to confirm the cause of death, which was a gunshot wound to the chest, according to Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley. Melissa Wylie, a 2007 breast cancer survivor who co-workers remembered as being very involved in the Susan G. Komen organization, was “full of love” according to Mohamed Elgazar, a friend of Wylie’s for 19 years. “She was such a good example to so many,” a teary-eyed Elgazar said Saturday. “She was my friend, and so full of love. She, a Christian, brought her son to my Muslim mosque so they could see how we worship. She respected everyone, regardless.” Funeral arrangements for Melissa Wylie will not be completed until her parents, who according to Conrad live in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, can make the necessary arrangements, Mark Conrad said. Conrad had known Wylie since he moved to Clemson from Racine, Wis., 25 years ago to open Columbo’s Pizza in Clemson. “She was like a mother to everyone, including me,” Conrad said Saturday about Wiley, who worked as the manager at Columbo’s on Pendleton Road for 24 years. “I can’t believe she’s gone.” (Sources: Anderson Independent-Mail, Anderson, South Carolina; WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, South Carolina, Saturday, February 14, 2009.)

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