We asked. You answered.
What was the most historic event that happened while you were at Auburn?
“I entered Alabama Polytechnic Institute as a freshman, Fall Qtr. 1958. Halfway through, 1960, API became Auburn University.”
John E. Vick BME ’62
“Auburn University set the world record for pints of blood donated at a university. The drive was prompted by the Vietnam War. I barely made the minimum weight requirement.”
Peggy King Cerny ’69
“Dean Foy was signing permission forms for students to donate because we were underage.”
Jane Killian ’68
“The changes following the spend-the-night party on Dean Cater’s lawn brought about some amazing changes at Auburn. Thanks to all those progressive ladies who helped make a difference.”
Marianne Brunson McLemore ’74
“When I started in 1968, women couldn’t wear pants on campus. I got my diploma in 1972, wearing hot pants and a halter top under my gown.”
Eugenia Reames Hale ’72
“The Kopper Kettle explosion was the big event while I was at Auburn. I had just woken up and was sitting on the couch in my apartment at Eagles’ West when the whole building moved. I thought a tornado was coming through but I didn’t see anything outside. Found out later that day what had happened. It was very surreal.”
Harry M. Abrams ’81
“Running on a “Legalize Grass” platform, Bessie the Cow—the Auburn Vet School knew her as No. 18, but her real name was Amelia—not only ran but won the 1979 Miss Auburn election. It was a joke. But there were slogans (“Not Just Another Drop In The Bucket,” “Bessie—She Won’t Steer You Wrong”), there were handouts, there were posters, there were orange T-shirts. And there was national attention.”
War Eagle Reader
“The most historic event that happened while I was a student at Auburn University was on January 28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded in mid-air just 73 seconds after liftoff in its tenth mission.
I was a student employee in Foy Union at the information desk and I was working that cold morning in January, answering phones and giving students phone numbers and various bits of information. As I, and my co-workers manned the phones, the big screen television in the lobby was broadcasting the news cast of the liftoff.
Suddenly, we heard screams on the television and watched as students came running into the building towards the television as they heard the tragic news. I will never forget that day as we answered phones and watched the horrors unfold on the news.”
Ellen Wylie Sims
“Found out about it in a Great Books class in Haley Center. When I walked out of class, the halls were chaotic with people trying to reach loved ones and figure out what was going on. I went home and we watched the news non-stop for the next few days.”
Christi Martin McCullough ’03