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A bit of nostalgia...

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 7:00 AM
 

It was 50 years ago this month that a punk 18-year-old kid from Rock Hill first set foot upon the Clemson campus with some fear and awe.

My Dad procured my one suitcase from the trunk and said, "Boy, you're here to study and get an education...and not to play around."

He shook my hand, I gave my Mother a quick kiss on the cheek and then heard an upperclassman yell, "Rat, come here!"

Thus began my 50-year love affair with our special place in the hills.

I loved my time at Clemson, for those four years afforded me the opportunity to expand my horizons, become acquainted with a whole lot of mighty fine folks and recognize and develop a few talents. The time gave me the chance away from parental control to think and act on my own, to make decisions, good and bad, that would influence the type of person I am today.

Most importantly, it taught me the importance of community...of being a positive contributor to community...of appreciating the freedom we enjoy of community.

Fast forward 50 years, and I recognize much of the same community right here on this website, for TigerNet is an extension of the same union of fellowship I enjoyed at Clemson. I appreciate the opportunity to participate; I appreciate the efforts of many of you to contribute. Most of all, the flames of passion for my Alma Mater burn as brightly today, as they did that long, long time ago.

GO TIGERS!!!!

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Thank you.***

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 7:11 AM
 



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it would seem that 18 year-old kid turned out alright...

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 7:32 AM
 

happy 50th rat!

;)


all the best hartins...


- mp

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I know its early but I don't think anything is gonna beat that for POTD***

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 7:37 AM
 



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Re: A bit of nostalgia...

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 7:39 AM
 

You got me by a couple years (1967 for me). Turned out that was the last freshman class that "Rat Season" was mandatory. The first home game was 9/23 so it was also a long "season". Too bad that tradition died out.

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Re: A bit of nostalgia...

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Posted: Aug 26, 2015 8:34 PM
 

in 1964 rat season went on until homecoming,the unc game I believe.somehow i didn't know beforehand that my head would be shaved and i would be wearing an orange rat hat once i got to campus(that's the place where the school physically exists for those of you from uscjr.)might not have decided to go to CU,but in retrospect i'm very glad that i did.wouldn't trade that experience along with living in the tin cans(D-603) for anything.one of the best choices i've ever made.

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Elizabeth Taylor was soooooo hot in the sandpiper***

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 7:40 AM
 




Re:Well said. Clemson is truly special

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 7:58 AM
 

Arriving at Clemson in 1968 was awesome. My parents drove me the 720 miles from New Jersey and said to have a good time, study hard and don't come home with any little ones. What a great four years.

Now on the verge of retiring, my wife, ('69) and I want to live where our Clemson family enjoys their final years. Being able to see football, soccer, basketball, baseball and volleyball at Clemson is what we dream of doing. Can't wait to be where the blue ridge yawns its greatness.


Re: A bit of nostalgia...

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 8:09 AM
 

I was in the early 70’s. Never saw any decent football as a student. After I left it got pretty good.

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Thanks for sharing hartins and also thank you

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 8:22 AM
 

for your contributions to this community, however disoriented this community may be ;)

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I arrived in '64 .....

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 8:41 AM
 

..........and surprised you did not mention your first haircut?

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LOL.....It wasn't the first time that I had my head shaved,

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 9:38 AM
 

for my Dad and most of my friends' Dads believed in the old G.I. haircut styles for us kids.

Had it shaved once again in the army, but haven't since...and won't...unless Mother Nature decides herself to derive me of my locks.

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Here' the thing about Mother Nature...

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 11:19 AM
 

you make her look young.

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Point! Made me think - 40 years ago hiked up the steps to E5

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 9:05 AM
 

Remember the words to Dylan's "Rainy Day Woman".

Well it didn't take long that afternoon. Maybe my old college buddies were bad influences on my academic endeavors .... Or vice versa? Well we made it through .... Mostly on schedule.

Fond memories.

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Re: Point! Made me think - 40 years ago hiked up the steps to E5

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 10:12 AM
 

Me too. Moved in to E538, fall of 1975.

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48 years ago(1967) E-509 with Eddie

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Posted: Aug 26, 2015 9:31 AM
 

Rat cut first order of bizness on Loggia


moved to E-502 spring semester


Point! Made me think - 35 years ago hiked across the campus

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 9:22 AM
 

from the parking lot (a commuter) to my first class.
I had grown up in the area and was familiar with the
campus, but was still a scared freshman. I had mostly
associated the campus with going to football, basketball,
and baseball games, playing on the practice fields, the
lake, the Y, the Ag sales, etc. as a youngster. It was
hard to change that focus.
P.S. Had to be like Tropical :)

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Rock Hill? That explains a lot.

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 9:41 AM
 

;)

Thanks for sharing that with us!

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Careful.....My good pal, RHTig, will set upon you

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 11:24 AM
 

the likes of which would be unparalleled in the anuses of human history. lol

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Got my eye on him now.

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 2:54 PM
 

;)


Is this the same RH Tig that gets into

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Posted: Aug 27, 2015 12:31 AM
 

BassAle?

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Gosh, I feel so young!

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 2:42 PM
 

It's only been 44 years for 'moi'!

Pretty much all the same as you describe though, Harry!

Go, Tigers!



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Well said,

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Posted: Aug 26, 2015 6:14 PM
 

It is a fine institution!

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The epitome of a Clemson man

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Posted: Aug 26, 2015 8:36 PM
 

Congrats on your anniversary Hartins.

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Re: A bit of nostalgia...

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Posted: Aug 26, 2015 8:37 PM
 

think i was probably the one who yelled at you.

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Re: A bit of nostalgia...

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Posted: Aug 26, 2015 9:34 PM
 

I came in August of 1962. No one on campus but the football team. Met a guy who had a tremendous influence on me -Herman McGee.


I was right there with you. I still miss not having my

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Posted: Aug 26, 2015 10:42 PM
 

Rat Hat. These younger guys just don't understand what Rat Season does to a freshman mind.

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blah blah whatever. TL-DR

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Posted: Aug 27, 2015 11:45 AM
 

I don't know much cause coot, but I know if there was more hartinses id be fine with that. good luck this season sir, in all but juan of em.

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