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Artists and lyceum
Dedication of Charles Winter Wood Theater
O. B. C. (Orange Blossom Classic)
Schools and colleges
School of agriculture and home economics
College of arts and sciences
School of education
School of engineering and mechanic arts
College of law
School of nursing education
School of pharmacy
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FAMU In A Few Words...
Campus life encompasses many things classes athletic events .
lyceum activities and weiner roasts.
Published by the undergraduate
student body of Florida A and M University
Campus Life .
Buildings . .
President . 8
Artists and Lyceum 24
Playmakers Guild 30
Registration . 38
Rattler Citations 42
Student Union 60
O.B. C....... 64
Band ......... 68
Who's Who .. 72
Summer School 74
Football . .. 78
Basketball ... 98
Track . 106
Tennis . 108
Baseball . 110
Golf ...... 112
Intramurals . 116
Men's Dormitories .
EDWIN T. DEMERITTE, Editor-Business Manager
ROGER L. McLEOD, Executive Editor
JAMES KNIGHT, Associate Editor
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Clubs . .
Pre-Law . .
Religious . .
Musical . .
Honoraries . .
Military . .
Sororities . .
Pledge Clubs .
Home Economics. 217
College of Arts
and Sciences 227
School of Education 249
Mechanic Arts 255
Graduate School 265
College of Law 269
Nursing Education 275
School of Pharmacy 281
Index . 321
Tucker Hall stands majestically in the
background as co-eds study out-of-doors.
Classes "break" on the hour at the University.
Famu beauties attracted wide attention
during the 24th annual Orange Blossom
Florida's climate lends itself to outdoor study.
Many and varied courses of study are open
to the University student.
1I TIT ~ T ATX0
DR. GEORGE W. GORE, JR.
President Florida Agricultural
and Mechanical University
President Gore and Mrs. Gore (right) and their housegues
President Gore and student officers of McGuinn Hall examine
blueprints for new women's dormitory.
ts, President and Mrs. Arthur D. Gray of Talledega College.
President Gore and two student-elect officers tour incompleted
addition to the Student Union Building which will house offices
for the Famuan and Student Government Association and other
H. Manning Efferson J. R. E. Lee, Jr.
Dean of Administration Business Manager
Guides FAMU'S Functions
E. M. Thorpe Mahlon C. Rhaney
Registrar Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
B. L. Perry, Jr.
Dean of Students
Charles J. Smith, Ill J. Luther Thomas
Director of Public Relations Director of Libraries
Grace Curry Black
Administrative Assistant to the President
Moses G. Miles L. H. Foote
Director of Student Activities Director of Health
Edwin Norwood R. L. Anderson
Director of Extension Services Director of Student Health
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Lee Hall, a campus landmark, houses the fabulous $70,000 pipe organ.
Of Buildings and Builders
In a way, the extent of FAMU's inner growth can be
measured by its outer expansion. From a lone frame building
to a group of frame buildings; from a sole brick edifice to a
cluster of such structures; from a shabby army barrack to
many fine, modern buildings-this, in a measure, is the FAMU
story. Or, at least these are testament to the slow, upward
march of FAMU from, a student body of five in what would
today be considered a secondary school to a student body of
some 2700 in a recognized institution of higher learning.
The attaining of these many fine buildings that comprise
FAMU is the result of the combined efforts of many people.
First and foremost among these men and women are FAMU's
early heroes: her scholars whose education was obtained in
spite of sorely inadequate facilities, in the face of almost in-
superable odds; her professors whose inspired teaching
instilled both vision and learning; and her foresighted leaders,
those principals and presidents who charted her progress and
evolved the master plan which has eventuated the FAMU of
1957. These early giants who stood fall and who thought big
are FAMU's unsung heroes. They are the men and women
who toiled amid hardship and heartbreak without ever losing
the beatific vision. From the old science building to Jones
Hall, from the old Tucker Hall to the splendid new Tucker
Hall, from Jackson Davis Hall to the magnificent and about-
to-be-realized quadrangle of women's dormitories-these are
giant steps forward befitting the dreams of mighty men and
The greatness of a man lies not in what he says but in what
he does, not in what he knows but in what he does with that
knowledge. These magnificent buildings that are today's
FAMU are eloquent testimony to the faith of FAMU's founders
in her ultimately taking her place among the great universities.
In many instances, the names of these buildings are those of
the men and women who are represented in FAMU's Hall of
Fame: thus we have Coleman Library, Cropper Hall, Gibbs
Hall, Howard Hall, Lee Hall, McGuinn Hall, and Tucker-not
to mention the splendid University Hospital and the new
Agricultural-Home Economics building now being erected-
as constant reminders that FAMU's goal reaches ever upward
and outward, that today's success is the measure of tomorrow's
attempt, that the ultimate for the true FAMUan is always just
around the corner.
The students who inhabit these facilities are the inheritors
of a vision from men whose feet were not made of clay. Theirs
is the task to create an even greater FAMU, to hold fast to
what they have, even as they strive to carry forward their
inspiration. The men and women of yesterday and today have
given buildings that have character because they had char-
acter. Today's students are therefore faced with the inescapable
challenge: they must so build that tomorrow men and women
will say, "They, too, acted well their part"; for, as the Bard
concluded, "therein all the honor lies."
University High School Here future Famuans learn what every college freshman should know.
Florida A and M University Hospital administers to the sick and afflicted from far and near.
Jackson Davis Hall Here the
School of Education gives its stu-
dents the know-how to make a
'.iB good teacher.
Cropper and Wheatley Halls These two women's dormitories help form the famous "quadrangle."
Sampson and N B Young Hal;s Here you'll find the fellows if they aren't hanging around the "quad."
Gibbs Hall, the newest of the men's dormitories, has a patio that is almost fabulous.
Coleman Library If it's knowl-
edge you want, Coleman Library
Howard Hall Here are trained the defenders of our country's honor.
Agriculture and Home Economics Building Here "Home Ec" students learn everything from soup to nuts. You name it; there you'll find it.
The Student Union Building is the place to while away many a not-so-leisure hour.
Benjamin Banneker Hall If you want a barn or a
chateau, those fellows in the mechanic arts building can build it for you.
The Dairy Barn Even the cows are electrically milked in this completely modern structure.
University Commons Good food, in spite of the many gripes
McGuinn Hall, the home of Freshmen girls
^ART IS S and
Scene from Grass Roots Opera Company's presentation of "The Barber of Seville"
Artists and Lyceum
The cultural fare at FAMU ranges from the longest of "long
hair" to the coolest of "cool jazz." Culture at FAMU is con-
ceived as an awareness of and an appreciation for the best,
whether it be the work of an ancient, venerated master or a
young, striving-for-recognition modern. Undoubtedly Elvis
Presley and Pat Boone have their avid followers, as do "Queen"
Ella Fitzgerald, the "Divine" Sarah Vaughn, and the "cool Mr.
Blue," Billy Eckstine. On the other hand, there are many who
can discuss intelligently the technical atonalities of Schonbert
and Darius Milhaud as well as the pros and cons as to whether
Gian Carlo Minotti's latest is musical comedy or opera. Cul-
ture, in other words, is where you find it; and Famuans seek
to find it in all walks of life -not exclusively in the ivory
The 1956 season opened with the appearance of Baritone
Rawn Spearman who thrilled an awe struck audience on Sun-
day evening, November fourth in a Homecoming recital. The
A and M graduate and Broadway star was accorded a tre-
mendous ovation at the conclusion of his recital.
Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" was presented in Decem-
ber by the Grass Roots Opera Company. This greatest of comic
operas, sung effectively by. young, enthusiastic aspirants to
operatic fame, proved as amusing as when it was first per-
formed many years ago. Prototypes of the aging, avaricious
uncle, the not-so-demure heroine, the lover who overcomes
seemingly insuperable odds, and the happy-go-lucky singing
barber can be found in everyday American life just as they
could in nineteenth century Italy.
Another highlight of this year's Lyceum Series was the
University Choir's presentation of the Faure "Christmas Ora-
torio." Accustomed though Famuans were to the traditional
"Messiah," they succumbed completely to the persuasive ro-
manticism of the French composer, realizing at the same time
that the age-old yet ever new Christmas Story is as timeless
and beautiful as Time itself.
The FAMU Playmakers opened their "season" with Night
Must Fall by Emleyn Williams, starring Berthine Gordon, Mar-
lene Gray, and Raymond Aronka. There is something uni-
versal about the theater, with its tinsel, its glitter, its make-
believe, that strikes a responsive chord in even the most
hardened of realists; and Night Must Fall, presenting as it
does a psychological problem studied by all budding psychol-
ogists, achieved its Kaharsis as surely as Sophocles or Euripedes
did in early Greek drama.
The Playmakers also presented George Bernard Shaw's Arns
and the Man, perhaps better known in its musical version by
Victor Herbert as "The Chocolate Soldier." The biting wit of
Shaw, with his shrewd commentaries on the fables of "mice
and men," may be sophisticated, but not so removed from 1957
as one might suspect. Stars in this production were Edith
Sipp, Susanne Buttler, Alberta Lowe, and Carl Woolfolk.
Guest lecturers included President Authur D. Gray of Tal-
ledga College, Dean Arthur Jensen of Dartmouth College,
Professor St. Elmo T. Brady of Tugaloo-Christian College, and
Attorney Grace Marr of the United Nations.
Harriet Howard Stewart and John Tull offered a joint re-
cital that delighted everyone. Miss Howard, who is almost a
Famuan, in-as-much as her father was one of FAMU's "found-
ing fathers," is indeed an accomplished pianist. Tull, a young
tenor who is sure to make his mark, charmed everyone with
his perceptive interpretations of songs from both the ancients
and the moderns.
The Mitchell-Ruff modern jazz Duo "and the ancient's swing"
The University Choir's presentation of the "Christmas Oratorio," one of the highlights of the Lyceum Series
Dr. Arthur Gay, President of Talladega College, a Vesper
Dr. Arthur Jensen, Dean of Dartmouth College, guest lecturer
for "Better English Week" at FAMU
Baritone Rawn Spearman, a graduate of FAMU in Homecoming recital
Tenor John Tull and Pianist Harriet Howard Steward in joint recital
"Night Must Fall", Barbara Edwards as the nurse, Berthine Walden Jordan as Mrs. Bramson, and Marlene Gray as Olivia
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"Night Must Fall", Irma L. Burke as Mrs. Terrence, Willie R. Tillman as Dora, Donald Collier as Dan, Rogert Baker as Belsize, and
Marlene Gray as Olivia
Dedication of Charles Winter Wood Theater
The FAMU Players Guild dedicated the new Charles
Winter Wood Theater by presenting the Robinson Jeffers
adaptation of Euripides' Medea. Directed by S. Randolph
Edmonds: head of the Department of Speech and Drama. the
FAMU Players depicted with telling force the old, old story
of a woman's thirst for revenge.
As Medea, a woman put aside by her husband in favor of
a younger, wealthier woman, Berthine Walden gave an in-
spired performance. In her portrayal of Medea in an earlier
presentation of the play, Miss Walden gave indication of
superior acting ability. This later performance fully substan-
tiated the conviction that hers was no ordinary talent. In-
deed, the perceptiveness of her conception of the role showed
a maturity that was most satisfying. Her swift changes of
mood, the accompanying contrast of a voice charged with
bitter emotion to one dulcet and supplicating in quality
were often terrifyingly realistic. Miss Walden's concept of
a medea who was eminently human above all else may have
violated the traditional interpretation of the woman as an
inhuman monster, but in so doing she almost succeeded in
making the play more palatable for a modern audience.
Dramatic photo shows intricate switchboard which cost $50,000 of Charles Winter Wood Theater.
"Ole Satchmo" himself, a surprise visitor to the campus in January
The Festival Symphonette, one of the favorite lyceum presentations of the 1956-57 academic year
Guest actress Berthine Walden Jordan thrilled a "First-Nighter" audience with superb perform-
ance in the title role of Medea.
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Dean Edna M. Calhoun gives welcome to Dolores Trainer.
Locked out on the first day.
Upperclassman Jacob Maxwell guides freshman
tour of campus.
Freshmen register at desk in McGuinn Hall.
Freshman Orientation Week
Tired, dusty, and already a little homesick, more than seven hundred freshmen
entered Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University on September 15. That
date marked the beginning of Freshman Orientation Week, a week in which the
freshmen are introduced to campus life with the aid of upperclassmen and faculty
members. Scheduled among their activities were movies, shows, dances, receptions,
tours, and tests.
On the serious side were the tests which are a "must" at this University -
such as the entrance examination, and several psychological tests. However, all
was not work. On the lighter side was, among other things, a bait-a-date-coke sip
which was held in the newly completed Student Union Building Sunday night.
On Monday night the freshmen were entertained by a movie; and on Tuesday
night they enjoyed the first formal of the year, the Freshmen Orientation Ball.
Tours of the campus, a fashion show, and lectures, such as the one entitled, "If
I Were a Freshman," given by the President, were highlights of the week. The
crowning experience came on Thursday night when the new students were
guests of Dr. and Mrs. Gore at Sunshine Manor.
As the week closed with registration and official enrollment in classes, the
freshmen felt a little less homesick and almost adjusted to campus life.
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Freshmen hear encouraging speaker. I really tried to make it on time.
Shirley Hester r i o t u e
Shirley Hester receives one of the thorough examinations.
Jeepers, I can't see a thing out of my right eye.
Freshmen taking entrance examination
John Sweeting really goes for these Freshman
And they danced . and danced . and danced .
Are they smiling at the photographer? Lucky fellow.
And all of the girls just swooned sigh.
Gee, Mr. Lassiter, we'd like to hear that one.
Freshmen and band members relax in SUB.
Counselor Ruby Mims (right) gets helping hand from freshman.
Young love finds its
way to the President's home.
i Day". The entire student body pays tribute to Dr Gore.
On October 15, at 7:00 p.m., Dr. George W. Gore, Jr.,
entered Lee Auditorium under the impression that he was to
have a conference to discuss student grievances. This was no
ordinary occasion, as the President was soon to learn; for it
was October 15 that had been declared by the Student Gov-
ernment Association as "Gore Day," a day on which the entire
student body would pay tribute to its president.
The President gives response to the student body.
Dr. Gore was presented with a scroll signed by the presi-
dents of all student organizations, stating the declaration of
"Gore Day." A bound book of letters from each organization
was also given to him. Mrs. Gore was presented with roses.
The purpose of "Gore Day" was to assure the president
that the students appreciate his many efforts to make FAMU
a better place for its students.
Miss Shirley Saunders presents to Mrs. Gore a bouquet of flowers.
Student leaders make plans for "Gore
On the days of registration, September 19-22, two thousand
six hundred and ninety-three students stood in lines for hours,
changed class schedules infinite times, and wished that they
were home. The responsibility of getting approved class sche-
dules for the semester, paying all fees in connection with
enrolling, and having a complete health examination was
placed before them. The famous saying, "These are times that
try men's souls," was uttered by almost every student at FAMU.
The six hundred and seventy-six freshmen. who for the first
time experienced the confusion of registration, were pessimistic,
fatigued, and hungry. Some took two days to complete reg-
istration, had two to three classes the same time on the same
days, no allotted time for lunch, no breaks between classes,
and-believe it or not-four classes on Saturday. Finally, after
two weeks they had most of their schedules correct.
On the other hand, the five hundred and sixty-nine seniors,
four hundred and fifty-nine juniors, six hundred and four
sophomores, two hundred and forty-eight graduate students,
nineteen law students, and thirty-two pharmacy students met
with the same difficulties as the freshmen. They may not have
had two classes the same hour on the same day, but they
exhausted the supply of add and drop cards in the deans'
offices, caused the date for adding and dropping to be
extended for a week, and brought much confusion to Florida
A and M campus.
The highlight of registration was the closing moment when
everyone was overjoyed to be free once more until February.
Instructor gives student advice on schedule.
Students wait for registration center to open.
Mr. Tinner signs up another physic student?
Everybody gets into the act-registration
History instructors pause for picture
Student gets counseling from "Ag" instructor
Mrs. Brown "talking it over" with English major
May I check your cards please
Freshmen wait in line for class cards
Co-eds give deep thought to class schedules
Dr. Maize gives advice to graduate student.
She is almost at the end of the line.
Will I ever finish filling out these cards? Students in line for late registration.
Student has conference with Dr. Rhaney.
Nursing student consults her colleague on
Students get card for an education course.
SHIRLEY SAUNDERS has been the
president of the Women's Congress
for two years. She is also active
in many other organizations.
In its endeavor to promote high stand-
ards of achievement at Florida A and M
University, the 1957 Rattler has awarded
citations to five faculty members and six
James Hudson received a citation not
only for teaching theology and philosophy
but also for inspiring moral courage. Irene
Edmonds has contributed not only to the
cultural improvement of the Florida A and M
University family but also to the community
through the Children's Theater. E. E. Ware
was recognized for his constant efforts to
turn out qualified pre-medicine majors. Jos-
eph Awkward was cited for producing high
standards in his field. Elsie Wallace received
a citation for the outstanding contribution
she has made to the department of elemen-
tary education and to Florida A and M as
Edwin Demeritte, Eugene Cromartie,
Fredrick Humphries, Ruby Doe, Shirley
Saunders, and Wilbert Blake received cita-
tions for their outstanding leadership in
extra-curricular activities as well as for fine
FREDERICK HUMPHRIES is presi-
dent of Alpha Kappa Mu. He is a
chemistry major who is working
with Doctor Elliot in Chemistry
EUGENE CROMARTIE is regimen-
tal commander of the ROTC. He has
been an outstanding worker in the
SGA and is a member of both
Alpha Kappa Mu and Kappa Delta
RUBY DOE has maintained one of
the highest averages on the campus.
She is an Alpha Kappa Mu and
Kappa Delta Pi member.
EDWIN DEMERITTE is a member of the
Florida Intercollegiate Press Association
and is editor-in-chief of the 1957 Rattler.
He has worked with student publications
each of his four years here.
WILBERT BLAKE is president of the
Men's Senate. He is also a Second
Lieutenant in the ROTC.
JAMES HUDSON is cited because in every respect his life
is the greatest example of devoted service to mankind.
JOSEPH AWKARD has devoted much time and effort as acting head
of the Department of Psychology. He has done a commendable job.
E. E. WARE works to make his pre-medicine students eligi-
ble academically for any medical school in the country.
IRENE EDMONDS is head of the Children's Theater which gives
the children of Tallahassee the opportunity to participate in a
broadening cultural experience.
ELSIE WALLACE has been extremely influential in the develop-
ment of some of America's future teachers and is head of the
Division of Elementary Education.
3~a T P T ~': E S
Miss FAMU and her court at the coronation
"In like a lion and out like a lamb." That was Homecoming
as enjoyed by the Florida A and M University alumni, faculty,
student body, and friends.
The week-end began Thursday evening, November 1, when
the newly-built wing of the Student Union Building was dedi-
cated by the students. This dedication was conducted by
Student Government Association president Zebedee Wright.
Friday at 7 p. m. Miss FAMU, Evelyn Bullocks, a lovely
senior coed from Lake City, Florida, an enchanting picture in
white lace, was crowned by Zebedee Wright, SGA president.
The Friday night movie was not well attended, for students
were busy building floats, decorating buildings, and preparing
for the Rattler Strike. Speakers at the Strike were Dr. George
W. Gore, Jr., president of the University; "Jake" Gaither, coach,
and Dr. Horace Goode, president of the Alumni Association.
Saturday morning at 10:30, amid the rush of incoming cars,
the parade, led by the band, left the campus and toured the
downtown area and Frenchtown. Saturday afternoon the
Rattlers defeated the A and T Aggies; this made everyone
The weekend went out like a lamb Sunday evening at six
o'clock as Rawn Spearman, an alumnus and Broadway pro-
duction singer, entranced an appreciative audience in Lee
Kha Dennard and Rayford Dudley pay
tribute to Miss FAMU, singing "Indian
. And then the "Rattlers strike"!
Little Miss proudly carries the Queen's crown
Miss FAMU's float graces the parade.
M.i. .p'.'h a her;. co. .s'm,-le"
Miss Alpha Phi Alpha and her court smile prettily at spectators.
Kappa's sweetheart adds graceful beauty to a lovely float.
Miss Choir and her attendants ride on a most beautiful float creation.
One of the many displays on campus-in front of ROTC Building.
-Miss ROTC Fsalutes" phograer
Miss ROTC "salutes" photographer
with a lovely smile.
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Polkinghorne Village gets in on parade spectacle.
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"Marching 132" perform excellently (as usual).
"Everybody is trying to get to the game!"
Drill team gives spectators a display of fine coordination.
Decoration of the Mechanic Arts Building.
Miss FAMU, Evelyn Bullocks
The charming and lovely Charlotte
Carter reigns as Junior Attendant to
Miss FAM-U. She is from Jacksonville,
Florida, and is majoring in biology.
She is a member of the Pyramid
Pledge Club of Delta Sigma Theta
Lakay Beasley, one of the most
striking and socially inclined young
ladies of FAM-U, reigns as Sophomore
Attendant to Miss FAM-U. She is from
Tallahassee, Florida, and is majoring
in psychology. She is a member of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Miss Senior, Yvonne Hayling
Miss Sophomore, Inesta Beasley Miss Freshman, Frances Dinkins
Miss Junior, Patricia Griffin
Miss Phi Beta Sigma
Miss Alpha Phi Omega
Air view of the band shows perfect alignment
FAMU's Pride, lovely Evelyn Bullocks and her very Attractive Miss BCC accompanied by campus cuties
Approximately 18,000 persons watched
the Rattlers completely overpower the Be-
thune Cookman Bulldogs 54-6 in the second
annual Florida Classic which was held on
October 20, 1956, in Jacksonville.
The Classic which is a "one-day" affair
boasted a parade which was graced with '
lovely floats and fast stepping bands. How- I/"
ever, the Florida A and M University float .. X
and the "Marching 132" were what is gen- '
rally referred to as "The Most." ,_' "
Jacksonville Alumni Association enters a petite beauty in the parade
FAMUans view game in the rain
Oh! Umpire, please give the Rattlers a break
With a pocketful of happy memories, band
members prepare to return home
Scene from Florida Classic Parade
Guest Editor, sponsor, and Printing Workshop Director presides during the Booker Washington sponsor and student
Department Head confer on "make- banquet, journalist get first hand information
up" problem of "The Workshopper"- regarding the press on which "The
the four-page newspaper edited by Workshopper was printed from press-
participants. man and student assistant.
"Interscholastic Press Workshop"
Some 70 high school journalists from throughout the State
of Florida attended the Seventh Annual Florida A and M Uni-
versity Interscholastic Press Workshop which was held Febru-
ary 28-March 2.
The Workshop emphasized and provided for student de-
velopment in such broad aspects of education as group loyalty,
democratic action, self-expression, and leadership. It was held
under the sponsorship of the Office of Public Relations and the
Co-ed poses with cake baked especially for workshop by H. R. Partridge, University
Foods Service Director. The cake was a duplicate of Workshop program cover.
Department of English in cooperation with The 1957 Rattler
and The FAMUAN.
During their three-day stay the visiting students received
concentrated training under some of the nation's best known
working newsmen and journalists. Out-of-town consultants
were C. Blythe Andrews, Jr., Managing Editor, The Florida
Sentinel, Tampa; Norman D. Christensen, Supervisor, Student
Publications, University of Miami, Miami, Florida; Albert J.
Dunmore, Editor, Florida Edition,The Pittsburgh
S'Courier; Robert E. Johnson, Managing Editor,
Jet Magazine, Chicago; Adrain K. Knight, Di-
rector, Special Affairs, Radio Station WRHC,
Jacksonville, Florida; and Robert M. Ratcliffe,
National News Editor, The Pittsburgh Courier,
Visiting delegation watch linotype operator
"set" copy for "The Workshopper."
Dorsey Junior High (Miami) sponsor registers for workshop.
Workshop participant signs up to attend workshop banquet.
Yearbook Consultant, Norman D. Christensen of the University
President George W. Gore, Jr., extends greetings.
Rattler Editor served as Discussion leader in Yearbook
Newspaper Consultants, left to right, Robert M. Ratcliffe, The
Pittsburgh Courier; Robert E. Johnson, Jet Magazine; and C.
Blythe Andrews, Jr., The Florida Sentinel.
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Director and Mrs. S. Randolph Edmonds chat in lobby before Yes, even "Babes in arms" attended "First-Nighter."
Pam Week Activities
The Florida A and M University campus was the setting mons was the initial phase of the evening. Some 200 stu-
of a gala occasion when the year-long PAM (Personality, dents, faculty and staff members, and guests attended-all
Appearance and Manners) observance was climaxed on the formally attired.
evening of March 8 with the sponsorship of "First-Nighter."
Following the dinner they went r o the Charles M inter
A formal dinner in the Lounge of the University Com- Wood Theater to attend the performance of the Medea.
Two local citizens arrive for performance.
Nikon Cames gives long shot of lobby before curtain time.
Presidential party arrived for "Medea" performance
Couple enjoys first nighter dinner
Leigh Whipper (left), distinguished actor, and special guest,
enjoys dinner with FAMUANS.
Campus heads receive guests at dedication of SUB
The students of Florida A and M University have
long desired a Student Union Building. In September
1956 this dream became in part a reality; for the first
wing of a planned two wing center was completed and
opened for student occupation.
This new wing is the pride of all FAMUans. It
boasts a lounge downstairs and a dining and foun-
tain area upstairs.
The SUB, as it is known to all students, has become
the meeting place for all students during their leisure
Student leaders eagerly greet guests
Students enjoying refreshments after dedication
Refreshments being served
Entering the SUB-ready for a coke
A lovely smile for a tasty lunch
P. E. instructor enjoys convenience of SUB
Students wait patiently for service
He is calling his girl
"Well, darling, take your choice"
Students talk over "Pie a la mode"
Surprised co-ed awaits date Time out for a cigarette
Sunday afternoon in the SUB
Rattler Editor and friends get together in SUB.
"Whose turn is it to pay? Not mine!"
"How much is that, Miss?"
Studying or talking?
This popular Co-ed is surrounded by men!
Students playing cards in SUB's "card room"
She's studying with a smile.
Newspaper reading is also common
in lounge of SUB.
Couples enjoying the home comforts
of the lounge of SUB.
Young men bring their dates to SUB!
A FAMUAN watches Parade in obvious Dr. and Mrs. Gore are contented participants in O.B. Parade.
Orange Blossom Classic
A record crowd of more than 41,000 people witnessed the
24th Annual Orange Blossom Classic in Miami's Orange Bowl
Stadium. The Florida A and M University Rattlers were host
to the Tennessee A and I University Tigers; both teams entered
the game with no ties and no losses. Prior to the Classic, the
Tigers had amassed a total of 373 points while yielding only
19, to obtain the best offensive-defensive scoring record among
small colleges in the nation. On the other hand, Florida A
and M University had a total of 367 points offensively while
permitting its opponents to rack up 57, to rank a close second
in the scoring category.
The game was a battle for the mythical National Cham-
pionship and the Tigers emerged the victor, but the spoils
were shared by all; for the Classic is more than a game. It
consists of parades, parties and a gala time for all.
Miss FAMU and Attendants reign supreme in O.B. Parade.
Miss FAMU and her court enter the Orange Bowl.
The high school kids get in
It takes faith in mankind to try this.
Yes, I'm Al Frazier.
These fellows were really kept on the go.
These fellows were really kept on the go.
Oh, it's nothing but a scratch.
Jeepers, I'm cold.
Coaches talk it over.
Miss FAMU and Attendants and Miss Tennessee and Attendants
Dr. Foster directs "Marching 132"
FAMU'S President and First Lady with Friends at OBC
Tired but still shining
FAMU Co-eds pose for photographer
at the Orange Blossom classic
A and I's First Lady addresses OBC crowd
Rattlers watch the game from sidelines
And then they move to the field
Dr. Foster opens the season in
Now fellow, watch your alignment
The Marching "100"
The University Marching Band is composed of 132 pieces.
This year the band is under the student leadership, of three
capable and talented young men of the student body. They
are Bertram Wilson, head drum-major, and Benjamin Groomes
and Eugene Baker, assistant drum-majors.
The band thrilled thousands of spectators this year and
many others during its many performances. In addition to
performing during all of the home games in ancient Bragg
Stadium the band appeared in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville,
Florida, before 10,000 spectators; in the Baton Rouge Memorial
Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before 17,000 spectators;
and in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, before more than
The band is under the inspiring baton of William P.
Foster who is ably assisted by Charles Cox, Phillip Cooper,
and Robert Thomas.
This year the band did a series of thrilling and spectacular
shows including "Pageant of The Blues," "Salute to the ROTC,"
"Pageant of Opera," and "A Visit to Latin America." The band
also appeared in many parades, among which was the one
held in Tallahassee as a feature of the second inauguration
of Governor LeRoy Collins.
These tubas must really be heavy on the
The lines look better after a day of workout
Company front formation "night train"
The first performance. They warm up in Finally, the marching hundred has made The show was a success.
band hall. the gridiron.
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The percussion section showing off. And now the clarinets
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Governor LeRoy Collins' inauguration parade
Bertram Wilson, head drum major
The cymbals are important too.
Benjamin Grooms, assistant drum major
Good work really pays off. This is a photo of the famed "marching 100" at the 1956 Orange Blossom Classic in its famous 'FAMU' formation.
S. .and this is how the "blues really began." The theme of the Classic half-time show was Rhythm and Blues.
President George W. Gore, Jr., challenged the 23 Florida
A and M University students who have been elected to "Who's
Who in American Colleges and Universities for 1957" to "be
listed in "Who's Who in America" within five, ten and twenty
years following their graduation in June.
Speaking at the annual banquet held Monday evening, Feb-
ruary 4, honoring the select group of seniors, Dr. Gore said
in his opening remarks, ". .. you are now on first base
what are you going to do from here on ?"
Continuing, the scholarly educator said, ". you have
the start here tonight you are on 'first base' .we hope
you will go around and score and be listed in 'Who's
Who in America' ."
Other speakers for the evening included Miss Edna Cal-
houn, dean of women, who made brief remarks from this
subject, "Character is Important," Dr. B. L. Perry, dean of stu-
dents, who spoke from the subject, "Scholarship is Important,"
and Mrs. Victoria Warner, instructor in sociology and an alumna
of the school, who was elected to "Who's Who" in 1942. Mrs.
Warner gave the "reflections."
The Rev. M. G. Miles, director of student activities, served
Administrative officers present included-Dr. H. Manning
Efferson, dean of administration, E. M. Thorpe, registrar; A. L.
Kidd, associate dean, college of arts and sciences (on leave),
Howard McClain, dean, school of pharmacy, and C. J. Smith,
III, director of public relations.
The menu for the occasion included shrimp cocktail,
stuffed Cornish hen, Idaho baked potatoes, fresh cut string
beans, stuffed tomato salad, hot buttered rolls, coffee, and
orange and green sherbert.
Honorees were -Wilbert Blake, Cocoa; Everlyn Bullocks,
Lake City; Marian Carnes, Columbus, Ga.i Robert Carroll, Ft.
Lauderdalel Georgia Conoly, Tallahaseei Rena Conyers, Day-
tona Beach; Emmett Cooper, West Palm Beach; Gaynell Cooper,
Fort Lauderdale, Eugene Cromartie, Vero Beach.
Jerome Dupree, Sarasota; Howard Gibbs, Cocoa; Clarence
Griffin, Pensacola; Yvonne Hayling, Tallahassee, Frederick
Humphries, Apalachicola; Carl Kirksey, West Palm Beach; Re-
becca Mack, Jacksonville.
Jacob Maxwell, Jacksonvillei Edward McDonald, Tampa;
Shirley Odom, Jacksonville; Sylvia Pope, Sanford; Shirley
Sanders, Miami; John Sweeting, Miami, and Zebedee Wright,
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Marion Carnes, Carl Kirksey, Rena Conyer, Howard Gibbs, Georg'a Conoly, John Sweeting, Gaynelle Cooper, Frederick Humphries,
Shirley Saunders, Eugene Cromartie, Rebecca Mack, Clarence Griffin, Sylvia Pope, Jerome Dupree.
Colonel Day and Cadet Colonel Cromatie
escort The Honorable Governor Collins into
The Governor speaks.
Governor Collins is greeted in the receiving line.
The Inaugural Ball
The festivities of the second inauguration of The Honorable
Governor Leroy Collins were terminated at Florida Agricul-
tural and Mechanical University by an Inaugural Ball, at
which the newly-inaugurated Governor was the guest of honor.
Upon his arrival at Howard Hall, where the Ball was held,
Governor Collins was met by members of the Honor Guard of
the ROTC and escorted into the Ball by Cadet Colonel Eugene
Cromartie and Colonel Daniel E. Day. University President
Gore announced the arrival of Florida's Chief Executive, and
Kha Frances Dennard sang a solo and dedicated it to him.
Governor Collins, in the speech delivered at the Ball,
praised the accomplishments of the University and the great
contributions it has made to Tallahassee, to Florida, and to the
nation at large. He promised his full support to the University
in its endeavors. After the thunderous applause which fol-
lowed the Governor's speech. the Four Jays sang. A high-
light of the Ball was the Grand March.
The FAMU Collegians furnished the music for the gala
"Dear Ole Florida "
Members of the ROTC staff with Cadet Gibbs
at the Inaugural Ball.
Governor Collins and President Gore and a guest at the Ball.
Teachers conferring New techniques in hair styling
Summer school is in many ways similar to homecoming. It
is in summer school that many former classmates get together
who have not seen each other since their graduation.
Many interesting affairs were held during the '56 Summer
Session. One such affair was the annual watermelon eat
which was held in Gibbs Park. A jazz concert was also held.
This concert featured two Floridians, the Bob, Ruff Duo.
Classes went on but over all prevailed the spirit of carefree
Mmm-better than the melon
Not as easy as you think
We're off for a tour of the
The cultural side is not neglected.
Criticism or praise.
Summer school can be fun.
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Gant, Bobby Lang, Lonnie Coleman, Wilfred Brown, Willie Holt: Second Row: Adolphus Frazier, Thomas Marshall, Henry Harris, Beno
English, Eugene Miller, Riley Hines, James Hill, Robert Brown, Jimmie Cromatie, James Perry, Frank Merchant, Charles Hines, Marcellus
Durham, Eddie Lester. Third Row: Roman Gavin, Alphonzo Bennett, Leroy Hardee, Willie Taylor, Eddie Daniels, William Davis, Herbert
Reynolds, Charlie Jones, Paul Manning, Eddie Simmons, Robert Thomas, Alvin Chavis, Harold Brown, Charles Howard; Fourth Row: David
Latimore, Jerry Cardoza, Leon Collier, Lee Royster, Lewis Riles, Billy Barker, Eugene Stephens, Ezekiel Burrows, Horace Small, Cleveland
Roberts, Samuel Moss, Robert Taylor, Vernon Wilder, and William Wyche.
1956 Conference Champs
The Florida A and M University Rattlers posted a 9-1
record for the second straight season and placed three players
on the Pittsburgh Courier All-American football team. The
9-1 record placed the Rattlers second in the final ratings and
gained for them their fourth consecutive Southern Intercol-
legiate Athletic Conference Championship.
Named to the Courier's mythical All-American team for 1956
were Halfbacks Willie Galimore and Al Frazier, and Guard
Carl Crowell. Galimore is a four-time All-American. End
Bobby Lang and Tackle Vernon Wilder were also named to
the SIAC team.
The Rattlers opened the 1956 season with a 25-0 victory
over the North Carolina College Eagles in Durham, September
22. The All-American duo of Al Frazier and Willie Galimore
paced the Rattlers all the way. Frazier scored two touchdowns
and Jesse Heard sped 76 for another TD to give the Rattlers a
20-0 lead at the half. James Campbell tallied the final score
for the Floridians. Miller split the uprights for the extra point.
A and M returned home to Bragg Stadium October 6, after
having an open week, to meet the Fort Valley Wildcats in its
first SIAC game of the season. The Georgians scored the first
touchdown against the Rattlers, but got the short end of a
33-6 score. Galimore accounted for two of the Rattlers' tallies
and Frazier registered a six-pointer and an extra point. Both
stars carried the ball only five times. The Wildcats' lone marker
came late in the fourth quarter when Quarterback Bennie Foster
tossed 16 yards to Curtis Marshall.
Once again the scene changed, but the devastating Rattlers
continued to romp over opponents. Morris Brown fell 46-14.
Morris Brown Quarterback Valmore Gore sneaked over from
the two after a fumble was recovered deep in Rattler territory
and the defending SIAC rulers trailed for the first time this
season. But before the final whistle, seven Rattlers had gone
into the end zone.
A brave crowd of some 20,000 fans sat in Jacksonville's
spacious Gator Bowl to watch the Rattlers roll over their state
rivals 54-6. It was the playing of the Second Annual Florida
Classic between Bethune-Cookman College Wildcats and the
Florida A and M Rattlers. Willie Galimore returned the open-
ing kickoff 87 yards and walked off with the Florida Sports
Writers Association award as the "Back of the Week." His
All-America counterpart, Al Frazier, took two passes from
Quarterback Dennis Jefferson for TD's. Al was performing be-
fore a hometown crowd with split royal to both schools.
Xavier University Gold Rush of New Orleans was the fifth
victim of the deadly Rattlers, 68-6. North Carolina A and T
College was the Homecoming opponent of the undefeated Tal-
lahasseans, who were victors, 49-13. A 58-6 drubbing of Allen
University cinched to SIAC crown for Florida and a 34-6 defeat
of Southern University in Baton Rouge sent the Rattlers into
the Orange Blossom Classic undefeated and untied.
The Rattlers met their Waterloo in the Orange Bowl Stadium
as Tennessee State A and I University Tigers edged them out
41 to 39 in a game that went undecided right down to the closing
seconds. Both teams were in quest of the national champion-
ship and performed like champions. This game will probably
go down as one of the most thrill-packed games between
two Negro elevens.
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Fort Valley State College ........... ............................ ........ ...... 6
M orris Brown College ....... .... .............................. .... 14
Bethune Cookman College ......... ............... .................. .... 6
Xavier University ................................... 6..... 6
N north Carolina A &T College ......................................... ................... 13
Allen University .............................................. .. 6
Southern University ............_......._........... 6
Tennessee State University .............. ..................... ....................... 41
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Head Football Coach
Robert P. Griffin
Head Line Coach
Hansel Tookes Edward Oglesby
Tackle Coach Backfield Coach
D. C. Collington
Athletic Publicity Director
Vol. VLII No. 265 THE TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT Sept. 21, 1956
Rattlers Rack Carolina 25-0
Florida A and M University won its opening game of the season, 25-0, over North Carolina College tonight,
with All-American halfback Al Frazier scoring twice in the first quarter.
Frazier scored first from the two yard line and the second time on a pass thrown from the 35 by quarterback
Dennis Jefferson. Al Miller, halfback, kicked the lone extra point of the game after the first tally.
The Rattlers tallied again in the third on a 70-yard
run by Jessie Heard.
The final Rattler touchdown came in the fourth
quarter when James Campbell took a handoff from
Jefferson and went 16 yards off right tackle to score.
North Carolina threatened once in the final period,
moving the ball to the Rattler 8-yard line on three
passes by quarterback Ike Jackson.
But three more attempted passes failed and the
Rattlers got the ball on downs.
The Rattlers outrushed North Carolina 413 yards
In other statistics the visiting gridders rolled for 14
first downs while limiting the home team to 10; picked
up 99 yards passing against 53 for the Eagles; attempted
11 passes and completed five while North Carolina hit
on only three of 18 attempts, punted three times for
an average of 33.3 against six punts by the Eagles
which averaged 44.6; fumbled twice and lost twice
While the hometown gridders were fumbling once and
recovering once; were penalized 55 yards in compari-
son with 46 yards in penalties which were assessed
against the Eagles.
Bobby Lang, All-Conference End
Willie "Galloping Gal" Galimore off to "the races" against North Carolina College-
Vol. 47 No. 39 THE PITTSBURGH COURIER Oct. 7, 1956
Rattlers Strike F.V. 33-6
All-American halfbacks Willie (Galloping Gal) Galimore and Al Frazier led the Florida A and M University
Rattlers to an easy 33-6 victory over the Fort Valley State Wildcats to open their home season here last Saturday.
The orange green-clad "11" defeated North Carolina College 25-0 on September 22 to open the season.
Galimore scored two touchdowns on five carries and a net gain of 47 yards for an average of 9.4 per carry.
Frazier rolled for 77 yards in five carries, including one 54 yard touchdown gallop. He also kicked one extra point.
Third and fourth stringers saw more action in the
contest than either first or second FAMU units which
replaced the number one and two teams about mid-
way the second stanza.
The Rattlers broke into the scoring column early in
the first quarter when Frazier ran 54 yards. Fullback
Jesse Heard took the opening kick-off on the A and M
15 and returned it to the 29. Frazier moved the ball to
the 37. Galimore carried to the 38, then Heard moved
-' it to the 46 to set the stage for Frazier's scoring run.
S ". JiH" \' Later in the quarter Galimore scored from the seven.
SThe TD was set up when a Fort Valley punt went out
of bounds on the Wildcats' 37. Heard moved the ball
Sto the 35. Galimore picked up seven yards. Heard
carried the ball to the 20, then Frazier to the 7, and
'- Galimore ran the ball over. Frazier converted.
eThe entire Rattler forward wall made a creditable
showing. Wildcat linemen Willie Hunter, Charlie
Lunn, Ed Peters and Bob White bore the brunt of the
attack from the hard-charging FAMU shockers. Each
of those played the entire game without being
Vernon Wilder, All-Conference Guard substituted.
Ft. Valley Punter and a "rush deal"
Vol. No. THE ATLANTA DAILY WORLD Oct. 14, 1956
Rattlers Trounce Morris Brown 46-14
Florida A and M University's orange and green-clad Rattlers continued their winning ways by slaughtering
the Morris Brown College Wolverines 46-14 in Atlanta Saturday afternoon, October 13 before some 6,000 fans in
The host gridders threw what proved only to be temporary scare in the minds of the visitors' followers,
when within three minutes of the opening kick-off they recovered an A and M fumble on the latter's 33-yard
line. One play later the Wolverines scored the initial six points of the contest. A quarterback sneak by Morris
Brown's Valmore Gore for the extra point made the score 7-0 in favor of the J. B. Clemmons-coached purple
and white "11."
However, the Rattlers reared back moments later on
the passing of Quarterback Dennis Jefferson and the
running and pass snatching by All-American Halfback
Al Frazier. Frazier scored on an 11-yard dash. The
try for the extra point was no good.
The Rattlers continued to score in the period, with
Fullback Roman Gavin going over from the seven. The
try for the extra point was good, and the Rattlers were
Ahead 13-7. By halftime the Rattlers had built up a
comfortable 20-7 lead and were never in trouble after
'. the second half, as they continued their scoring while
limiting the Wolverines to 7 points.
Morris Brown made an attempt to get back in the
r ball game late in the third period as Richard Law skid-
ded A and M's left end and duplicated the feat for the
extra point. Wilfred Brown, Rattler punter, was caught
deep in his own territory trying to punt and fumbled.
Wolverine captain Mosses McClendon bounced on the
ball on the Rattler five. Law went over on the next
play and ran the PAT to end the scoring for the local
chant, All-Conference Tackle
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Vol XCI THE FLORIDA TIMES UNION Oct. 27, 1956
Rattlers Crush Xavier 68-6
Florida A and M University crushed Xavier of New Orleans 68-6, with the visitors saving themselves from being
blanked by virtue of a 52 yard touchdown pass in the last 40 seconds of the football game.
Right halfback Al Frazier paced the Rattler attack with three touchdowns, including a 95-yard scoring run
after he caught the opening kickoff of the third quarter. He also kicked five extra points.
Left halfback Willie Galimore scored the first touchdown of the game early in the opening quarter on a two-
yard gallop which capped a 63-yard drive.
Eight different Rattler players in all crossed the
Gold Rush goal line to give A and M squad its 10th
successive victory over Xavier in a series dating back
to 1939. Every man on the A and M squad saw action
during the game.
With 40 seconds remaining in the final period,
Lionel Smith connected with a 52-yard pass to Eric
Wilson, who dashed across the line for Xavier's lone
Dennis Jefferson, All-Conference Quarterback
The Rattlers scored in 5:36 of the first quarter when
Galimore plunged from the one-yard line to end a 63-
yard sustained drive. Frazier kicked the extra point to
move the host "11" ahead 7-0.
The big A and M forward wall, led by Co-Captain
Carl Crowell at guard, and tackles Riley Morris and
Vernon Wilder, kept the Gold Rush's offense in check
throughout the game with the exception of the TD
pass which came against the Reserves. In addition, the
Rattler forwards consistently cleared the way for the
devastating runs of the backs by throwing key blocks.
Ends Bobby Lang and Zeke Burrows played havoc with
the would-be tacklers while they were in action.
First down against Xavier picked up by Fullback Roman Gavin
Vol. 23, No. 2 THE FAMUAN Oct. 22, 1956
Florida Tramples "B.C.C."
Unleashing a devastating running and passing attack sparked by All-American halfbacks Al Frazier and Willie
Galimore, the Florida A and M University Rattlers rolled to a 54-6 victory over the Bethune-Cookman College
Wildcats in the second annual Florida Classic.
In spite of adverse weather conditions, over 16,000 spectators watched Galimore as he took the initial kick-off
and galloped 85 yards for the first of the Rattlers' seven touchdowns. Frazier scored for the extra point, putting
the Rattlers out in front 7-0 in the first two minutes of play.
The Gaither-coached eleven, ten times SIAC champions and four times national champions in the past eleven
years, led 47-0 at the half after Galimore had scored three times, Frazeir twice, Marshall once, and Wyche once.
Marshall and "Popcorn" Williams had scored one extra point each while Al Frazier had added three to his credit.
During the last half, in spite of the superior offensive play
by the Rattlers, there was no scoring. Bethune-Cookman's Sykes
Electrified the fans in the last period of play as he got away
-. -; for a 75-yard touchdown on an intercepted pass. Other tallies
in this quarter of the game were made by Wilfred Brown, who
scored the last seven points for the Rattlers.
". The big difference in the two squads was the superior offen-
sive played by A and M and its strong reserve units.
The press sports writers named the St. Augustine All-Ameri-
can, Willie Galimore, outstanding player of the classic on the
basis of his gridiron prominence.
Statistics wise the Rattlers held the Daytona Beach "11" to
three first downs while rolling to 22. They also compiled a
fantastic 358 yards on the ground and picked up another 172
yards in the air. The Wildcats were limited to 25 yards rushing
and 13 in the ozone. They fumbled three times and failed to
Zeke Burrows, All-Conference end recover its miscues on each occasion.
The Rattlers defend against the Wildcats.
The Gallopin' "Galli" galloping against B.C.C.
A touchdown pass snagged by End Willie Holt
Nowhere fast for the Wildcats
Vol. XLII No. 303 THE TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT Nov. 4, 1956
Rattlers Down Aggies 49-13
Florida A and M opened with a safety and closed with an 85-yard touchdown run in a 49-13 rout of North
Carolina A and T here Saturday afternoon.
Some 7,500 Homecoming fans at Bragg Stadium watched as All-American halfbacks Al Frazier and Willie Gali-
more sparked the Rattlers to their sixth straight victory.
Frazier scored three touchdowns, kicked four extra points, and led A and M's powerful ground attack with
159 yards in 16 carries.
Galimore registered only one touchdown, but gained 105 yards in 16 tries and caught three passes from quar-
terback Dennis Jefferson for 56 yards.
Galimore paced the Rattlers to a 22-0 halftime lead, gaining
77 of their 143 rushing yards. Frazier got 45 yards in the first
SA and M's alert, aggressive defensive line stopped A and T
cold in their first half and the Aggies had a minus-17 yards
? v rushing. They finished with only 67 yards and 60 passing.
L Rattler ends were wide open all afternoon but quarterbacks
N O Jefferson, James Williams and Lee Royster hit on only eight of
24 aerials. They were good for 181 yards and one touchdown.
A and T scored both its touchdowns in the last quarter,
o ne on a 54-yard run by Leon Graves and the other on a pass
interception by Edward Nesbitt, who returned it 77 yards.
SGraves accounted for 62 of the Aggies' rushing yards in
I seven tries.
It was the third defeat in seven games for a team that sur-
prised A and M with a 28-28 tie last season.
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Vol. XLII No. 309 THE TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT Nov. 11, 1956
Florida Downs Allen 58-6
Willie Galimore, playing the last home game of his brilliant four-year career, scored three touchdowns in
the first 17 minutes to get undefeated Florida A and M started toward a 58-6 victory over previously unbeaten
Allen University here Saturday afternoon.
The 185-pound lefthalf went 7 and 18 yards for a pair that counted. The first came with 3:50 gone and the
second with 4:54 gone in the first period.
The three-time All-American raced 97 yards for a second-quarter touchdown to give new life to the Rattlers
after Allen had become the first team to score against them in the first quarter this season.
A and M rolled up 484 yards rushing and 110 yards passing against a team that was ranked first among the
nation's small colleges in total defense. Allen had yielded only 562 yards in five games.
Riley Morris, All-Conference tackle
Prior to yesterday's game the Yellowjackets were ranked as the
top small college in defensive football, having given only 619 yards
in 227 plays for an average of 103.2 per game. However, the Rattlers
were ranked as the top total offensive and rushing ball club, having
gained 2,084 yards rushing for an average of 347.3 per game on
281 plays. From a total offensive point, they had struck for 2,908
yards in 370 plays for an average of 484.7 per game.
When the gun sounded, ending the fray, the Rattlers had rolled
for an awesome total offensive which netted 594 yards-484 on the
ground and 110 in the air.
Galimore scored on runs of 7, 18, and 97 yards-a 56 yard jaunt
was nullified. Jefferson, who saw more action in the game than in
any previous contest, passed for one TD and ran 45 yards for a
score on an intercepted pass on the last play of the game.
The big Rattler forward wall of Riley Morris and Vernon Wilder
at the tackles, Charles Hines and William Wyche at the guards,
Zeke Burrows and Bobby Lang at the terminal posts, and Willie
Taylor at center, turned in one of its best defensive performances
of the season.
The Rattlers "touchdown" against Allen University
Vol XLII No. 311 THE TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT Nov. 18, 1956
A&M Wins Eighth Straight 34-6
Florida A and M University closed its regular schedule undefeated and untied, racking Southern University
34-6 before a record Southern crowd of 17,000 here tonight.
It was the eighth straight victory for Coach Jake Gaither's squad, which meet Tennessee State A and I in the
annual Orange Blossom Classic in Miami's Orange Bowl December 1.
All-American halfback Al Frazier sparked the Rattler attack tonight scoring two touchdowns and one extra
point and gaining 112 yards in nine carries.
A and M's other All-American halfback, Willie Galimore, contributed one touchdown and two extra points.
He gained 82 yards but lost 34 for a net 48 yards rushing in 16 tries.
Southern made a game of it in the first half, scoring first and trailing only 7-6 at halftime. Bud Duckworth
gave Southern a 6-0 first quarter lead when he plunged two yards to cap a 58-yard drive.
End "Zeke" Burrows recovered a fumble at the Southern 20 to
set up the Rattlers' second-quarter score. Frazier dashed for the TD
on first down and Galimore ran for the point.
Galimore climaxed a 65 yard third period drive with a two yard
bull-dozing line smash.
The next Rattler score came on a 47 yard run. Galimore ran the
iFrazier's second touchdown came as he scampered 55 yards.
"' Leroy Hardee added the point after touchdown on a running play.
The Rattlers failed to let up as the game moved closer to its end.
SQuarterback James Williams passed eight yards to end Samuel
Cleare to climax an 80 yard drive.
_. Dennis Jefferson fired a 10 yard pass to end Willie Holt for the
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.." istered the PAT.
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Zeke Burrows downs Southern gridder
Vol. THE MIAMI DAILY NEWS Dec. 2, 1956
Rattlers Edged 41-39 By Tigers
Tennessee State, staging a miraculous defensive stand in the last two minutes, scored a pulsating 41-39 victory
over Florida A and M Saturday night in what certainly must have been the greatest of all Orange Bowl Classics.
An Orange Bowl crowd of 41,808-second largest in the 24 year history of this Negro fixture-was screaming
and standing in frenzied excitement at the finish as the Rattlers tried to pull victory out of defeat.
But the hustling Floridians were stopped a scant inch shy of their touchdown, and Coach Jake Gaither still
has never had a fully undefeated season (counting Orange Bowl competition).
As soon as the final whistle had sounded, near bedlam broke loose. The Tennesseans were ganged by happy
fans and an impromptu rock-and-roll dance session started in Tennessee "territory."
They had a right to rejoice. A and M had gobbled up a State fumble on the letters' 23 and bolted in two
plays to the two.
A delay penalty cost the Rattlers five yards.
But Al Frazier got four and Willie Galimore
got two. With fourth and one, Dennis Jeffer-
son tried to sneak over.
When they unpiled, deadening silence pre-
vailed until the officials placed the ball down
short of a goal-so close the front end was
almost touching the chalk.
Yet it was miles away as far as the Rattlers
were concerned. Only 54 seconds were left to
play and Tennessee had the ball.
It was odd, this defensive stand deciding a
duel of break away runs, long passes, and
dazzling plays. Galimore, the Chicago Bears
draft pick, rushed for 127 yards in 18 carries.
Tennessee's Percy Hines had 102 in nine.
It was easily the most outstanding offen-
sive show of the local football season.
With 3:31 left it was 41-39 as a result of a
dazzling 29 yard pass play from Jefferson to
Galimore and Frazier's placement.
Tennessee State ................................ 6 14 7 14- 41
Florida A and M .............................. 6 14 12 7- 39
Willie Taylor, Center
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Willie taking off for the first of four touchdowns he tallied against the Tigers
Quarterback Dennis Jefferson tossing to All-American Al Frazier
Tiger Quarterback Bob Crawford (No. 15) fading to pass
Wide open football at its best-the '56 Classic.
The Rattlers arriving for '56 Classic Board of Control member Hollis Rinehart pre-
senting Galimore with "Player of the Year"
The Classic Has Another Side
President George W. Gore presiding at "Player
of the Year" luncheon held at Miami Beach
Jack Cummins in an interview with Galimore over his WTVJ Sports Show