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Panty Raids and
Concerning the article "UF
Flashback: The Coed Invasion"
by Julian Pleasants (winter
2007) implying panty raids
ended in 1959, not so. Panty
raids were still in fashion as late
as 1962 when I entered UE
However, the conversion and
evolution of the same energy
in public demonstrations dur-
ing the short period of 1962 to
1966 was astounding.
Panty raids turned to pro-
test against restrictive Alachua
County liquor laws which
evolved from completely "dry"
in '62 to allowing beer sales
and beer bars due to dem-
onstrators who once burned
downed the overhead traffic
light at 13th and West Univer-
sity using dorm furniture for
fuel. After beer came liquor
stores and private clubs serving
hard liquor and so on.
Big rallies for general racial
integration of campus activi-
ties focused on the College Inn
diner on West University just
down from the Bird Man's
Bicycle Repair house. The CI
integrated and quickly the
energy turned to big anti-Viet-
nam war rallies.
Somehow the focus of all
this idealistic energy laced with
good dean fun seems to have
gotten diluted and unfocused
with the advent of the '70s to
the present that makes those of
us who were there in the period
think it was a unique time.
Wallace McKeehan (BS '65)
I was deeply affected by the
stories told in the "My Old
School Remembering the
terror of 1990" article (winter
2007). The horror of that time
of innocence lost came flood-
ing back. I had problems even
talking about that time until
recently. I knew I never felt
safe again in Gainesville after
the murders. If it hadn't been
for my friends and our support
and concern for each other,
I know we would have been
among those who withdrew
that semester. The situation
was no laughing matter, but I
remember that the secret code
to allow access into a friend's
apartment was: "The earth
moves slow and the oxen are
patient." That little bit of levity
in that horrific time was greatly
Kudos to President John
Lombardi for his wise leader-
ship and teaching us the lesson
that no matter how bad things
seem, we need to make the
most out of the gift of our lives
and not allow fear to paralyze
us. I know his decisions to not
"close up shop" made life for
those of us who stayed much
more bearable in the weeks and
months following the murders.
Emily Mesler Buffington (BA '91)
I could not help but shed tears
as I read letters from fellow
alumni recalling their memories
from "UF's Darkest Hours."
The Gainesville murders
stripped us of some youthful
innocence and left us with
fear. As if starting medical
school at the age of 20 wasn't
scary enough, how was I sup-
posed to concentrate in Gross
Anatomy Class? I was too
busy explaining to crying,
pleading relatives that I simply
cannot drop everything and
come home. I was in medi-
cal school taking semesters
off were not an option. We
were on a strict, heavily loaded
schedule, and our classes were
offered only that fall. Unfortu-
nately, in times of tragedy, the
media perpetuates the already
My 21st birthday in early
September 1990 was not cel-
ebrated as one would expect.
My ex-roommates from Florida
State University, a place that
still remembers the horrors
of Ted Bundy, sent their best
wishes and apologies for not
visiting "because of, you know,
the serial killer." My parents
came down from Jacksonville
and brought me a home-
cooked meal, and my new
roommate tried to cheer me up
with balloons and a dinner at
the Olive Garden restaurant,
but all I remember was feeling
sad that those five slain stu-
dents will never have another
birthday. Although it is tough
to relive those memories, I
am grateful that their lives
will never be forgotten. My
sincere condolences to their
-Jennifer Fordan-Herman (MD '94)
I read with great interest your
story "Cheers Heard 'Round
the World" (winter 2007).
After many years of longing for
a trip to Hawaii, my husband
surprised me with one this past
December. Unfortunately, our
time away extended over the
weekend of the SEC Champi-
onship game in Atlanta.
Through the UFAA, I
contacted the Hula Gators in
Honolulu and arranged to join
them for their viewing party.
Our afternoon with them was
one-of the high points of our
week (the fact the Gators won
didn't hurt, either!) They wel-
comed us as one of their own
because I guess, in fact, we
are. So true: the University of
Florida is in Gainesville but the
Gator Nation is-everywhere!
ON THE COVER
On April 3 when the
UF men's basketball
team won its second
in as many years, Gator
fever hit an all-time
high. See columnist
Buddy Martin's take on
the wins on
ASSOCIATED PRESS/ALEX BRANDON
10 ................................................................................... How Sw eet It Is
Sports writer Buddy Martin savors the national championships while they last.
.............................................................. ...............A..... Legacy Revealed
UF's investigation of slave quarters in Jacksonville could redefine
what we know of black history.
16........................................................................... They Put Heads Together
Frank Bova and Bill Friedman's partnership benefits the
McKnight Brain Institute and its patients.
18 .................................................................................. A Day of Giving
International Gator Day puts alumni enthusiasm to good use.
IN EVERY ISSUE
ON CAMPUS NEWS ABOUT CAMPUS, FACULTY AND STUDENTS
4 .............................................................................................. How on Earth?
Faculty Profile: Astronomer Bo Gustafson's answer to life on earth
is out of this world.
................................................................... One Curriculum Doesn't Fit All
Student Profile: Luz Maria Delfin draws upon her childhood experiences to help
non-English-speaking students in Florida.
S........................ ............................................................. Silent Conversation
In the Classroom: Professor Michael Tuccelli says American Sign Language is the
"world's most exciting foreign language." His class has a waiting list to prove it.
UF Flashback: A cocky stunt left football fans guessing.
...................................................................................... Olym pic M ettle
Sports Profile: Swimmer Lucas Salatta hopes to represent Brazil in 2008.
9 .......................................................................................... Hitting the Bricks
How well do you know campus?
2 ............................................................................. Seismic Positive Vibes
Jim Kelly takes on the world's negativity with a book
that helps people compliment each other.
24 ............................................... .............. A Philosophical Outlook
Former NBA standout Neal Walk says the obstacles he's faced
were mere steps to a better way of living.
ALUMNI ALUMNI MEMORIES AND HAPPENINGS
26 .................................................................................. My Old School
UF alumni share their memories.
3 1 ................................................................................... Don't Look Dow n
Harold Beard (BIE '56) recalls the highs and lows of
being an amateur steeplejack.
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the university of florida
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How on Earth?
How on Earth?
GUSTAFSON'S ANSWER TO
LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND
EVERYTHING IS OUT OF THIS
Bo Gustafson pulls what looks like
a glow-in-the-dark plastic toy off
the shelf, cradling it in his palm as
he stands in his UF lab.
"You were once one of these
little particles," he says of the plas-
tic cluster, a model of a planetary
dust particle. "All of the atoms in
the body, except hydrogen and
helium, could not have gotten to
planet Earth unless on one of these
pieces. If you're going to have life,
you have to understand this story."
These snowflake-looking dust
particles formed all the planets in
the Solar System, Gustafson says.
The Swedish-born astrophysicist
and professor of astronomy has
spent his career studying how this
happens, developing an interna-
tionally recognized dust particle
model and building a one-of-a-
kind, NASA-funded microwave
lab at UF where theories once only
imagined about light and particles
can be tested.
He's also known for something
most astronomers think is actually
not much at all Pluto. Gustafson
served on the 15-member Inter-
national Astronomical Union
committee that stripped Pluto of its
planethood last year when members
redefined what a planet is. Pluto,
the group found, was more similar
to newly discovered "incomplete"
planets than established planets.
"It has broad implications,
though it's hardly science,"
Gustafson says of the decision.
"Schoolchildren now come up and
say, 'My sister doesn't like you. Her
favorite planet was Pluto.'"
Gustafson came to UF in 1980
to work on a device designed to
see the nucleus of Halley's Comet.
No one had seen the nuclei of
these precursors to planets before,
Gustafson says. An instrument he
designed to test how dust particles
stick together was used on a 1998
NASA spaceflight, and another of
his devices is currently on a Euro-
The origins of the universe aren't
Gustafson's only concerns, though.
He has two companies that use
science to aid developing countries.
One uses GPS technology for map-
ping in Uganda.
"He uses science for the good of
mankind," says Stanley Dermott,
chairman of the UF astronomy
department. "At one point, he was
the science representative for the
United Nations in Sweden. I don't
know another example of an as-
tronomer quite like him."
Listening to Gustafson jump
from what the Babylonians thought
about categorizing stars and planets
to why the International Astronom-
ical Union was formed in 1919, it's
clear his primary passion are those
building-block dust particles and
how they formed our universe.
"I basically have worked on the
question, 'How come?'" Gustafson
says. "'How come what,' you ask?
April Frawley Birdwell (BSJ '02)
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space to determine how life on earth may have formed.
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LUZ MARIA DELFIN DRAWS UPON
HER CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES
TO HELP NON-ENGLISH-SPEAKING
STUDENTS IN FLORIDA.
Luz Maria Delfin was usually the
teacher's pet. the one who helped pass
our papers in class and couldn't wait for
school to start each year. But when her
family moved from California to Bo-
livia, Delfin, then 10, didn't know what
to expect at her new school.
Excelling in class proved more chal-
lenging than it had been in America.
Her family was Bolivian and she spoke
Spanish. but classes were taught differ-
ently, focusing on intense memorization
of facts rather than the more American
style of working in small groups.
"Going through that whole culture
shock is basically what led me into the
specialization that I chose, which is
teaching English as a second language,"
Delfin says. "I think it's really important
to teach multicultural values and the
geography of other cultures, incorporat-
ing them in the classroom."
Luz Maria Delfin learned firsthand that teaching
children from other countries isn't just about
potential language barriers. There's also an element
of culture shock.
Her studies seem well suited to help Florida's schools. According to a 2007 Florida Depart-
ment of Education study, Hispanic students make up about 24 percent of Florida's students.
State leaders think that percentage could double within the next 10 years. That, coupled with
her personal experience in Bolivia and helping her younger brother and mentally challenged
sister, makes Delfin's professors confident she'll one day be an ideal educator.
Teaching students from multiple countries, with different languages and different educa-
tional systems, can be challenging because students are trying to "hit a moving target," learn-
ing English as they try to keep up academically with their American peers, says Cindy Naranjo,
an adjunct education professor who specializes in English as a second language. She adds that
Delfin's Bolivian experiences should help in a classroom full of second-language learners.
Delfin's college studies have reinforced what she discovered in Bolivia. It has led her to
study the English and Spanish translations of books, for instance, to see for herself how the
literary experience is different in each culture.
It's this kind of knowledge that will lead to success for Delfin and her future students.
"Luz Maria knows how much potential these kids have, and she wants them to succeed,"
Naranjo says. "She's passionate about it."
April Birdwell Frawley (BSJ '02)
Doesn't Fit All
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pionship wins in men's basketball
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TUCCELLI SAYS AMERICAN
SIGN LANGUAGE IS THE
"WORLD'S MOST EXCITING
FOREIGN LANGUAGE." HIS
CLASS HAS A WAITING LIST
TO PROVE IT.
The students are supposed to trans-
late: "Last Friday my husband and
I argued because I wanted to go to
the movies and he wanted to go to
a restaurant. What did we do? We
sat around and watched TV. I was
The teaching assistant admin-
isters the test, gesticulating rapidly
and contorting her face all in
The students are in a third-level
American Sign Language class, one
of three taught by Michael Tuccelli.
The students are here for a
variety of reasons. Some need for-
eign language credit. Others hope
to build their rdsums accom-
modations for the hearing impaired
are required by the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990, making
employees with sign language skills
a valuable commodity. Others may
have a friend or relative among the
18 million people worldwide who
are hearing impaired.
"I took the class because it's
different from any other language
it's just such a visual language,"
says April Strickland, a senior Eng-
lish major who volunteers teaching
sign language at a Gainesville high
school. "You won't find anything
like it in Spanish or French. I've
taken other languages for two se-
mesters, I've never felt like I've been
able to communicate like I do in
Signs range from large sweeping
motions to delicate
in the span of a
To the uninitiated
bystander, some of
the signs can be un-
like a pantomime,
but others seem
The class is so
popular, there is a
Tuccelli, who is deaf and has
a cochlear implant, attributes the
class' popularity to several factors,
including its frequent promotion
throughout the communications
sciences and disorders department,
his own motivational teaching style
and the fact that he is the only
person who teaches the course at a
university with more than 48,000
"I also tell them it's the world's
most exciting foreign language," he
says. "The thrill they get when they
meet a deaf person and can com-
municate with them is wonderful."
The class focuses on practical
signing technique as well as deaf
culture, deaf humor, deaf literature,
theories concerning language and
Often compared to Chinese, the
language has more than 930,000
signs for words and expressions,
so teaching and learning it isn't as
simple as reading words and re-
peating them in class. Tuccelli has
created video clips for students to
"At first it seems
ing, seeing the
signs move and
S watching them
flow from one
to the other,"
Merkle, a sopho-
"You have to train
your eyes," he adds. "But once you
begin, it's very rewarding and you
can learn a lot very fast."
Students are required to have
at least five contact hours with
the hearing impaired outside the
classroom where they can practice
signing. These hours can include
luncheons, meetings or interpreted
"I like how they put you out
in the community and make you
use it," says Ashley Hirsh, a senior
communications sciences and dis-
orders major. "I was really scared at
first, but you learn it better. I like
Students cannot earn a degree in
American Sign Language, but there
is a demand for another level to
help students continue their studies
of the language.
Elizabeth Hillaker (4JM)
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A COCKY STUNT LEFT FOOTBALL FANS GUESSING ::
By Norm .Carson (BSBA 56)
On Homecoming Day of 1964 :: .. .TeFijis worked up a routine
perhapshe most memorable .h and dier prqctied it to.perfection..
in Gaor football hisro r took place Lincoln High School in Gaines-
at FloridaField .when South Caro- v'ille sed red, white and black as
lina brought its football team to school colors, the sam4 as South
town. Carolina. It agreed to let the Fijis
'Members of Phi Gamma Delta borrow.its game uniforms for the
frarerniry, the "Fijis, perpetrated it. unscheduled appearance.
They practiced the stunt for weeks About an hour before kickoff for
on the grss'drill:field across from t he'Florida-South Carolina game,
the stadium and pulled'it off with- the Gamecock fans cheered as
out a hitch. 30-35 players raced onto the field,
Art Seitz (BSADV '65), a mem- gathered at the 50-yard line and
ber of the Garor tennis team, was started warming up.
one of the fraternity's instigators and The team broke into groups for
still relishes thoughts of that idy. punting, passing and line drills.
"We weie sitting around trying That is when the fun began as tra-
to think:of original ideas for Home- ditional "Gator Bair" tauins from
coming aid hadallthe 'traditional Florida ians turned to disbelief arnd
plans for a float or hbonieoming then laughter.
skir," he says. "hIt wasor. of boring ,,Apunt.return man allowed the
utrilwe c'euip wth somethiAg : b.'.itlad on top of his head. .
difflernt. Wekecided to.crearea : Lineme played panty-ake. Thep
fake So uth'i oina footballl team punter'fl on his. rear end, missing
'ald r'o iut oilora ore the ball.completely.
the real am: aeo o rl .Ord, iree i eder missed the ball and
ga.e: workout. ,..::i :; ; ';: wentfl.g .into a hedge. A dining
ii Ibs bbooled y ih IWshoit football uniforms so
nth Caroli fa fO~heyere"F'ivi ng a prank
ated against Clemion University years before.
back jumped onto a lineman's back
and they went down the field pig-
The climax was execution of
the old-fashioned Statue of Liberty
play. In the Fiji-Gamecock version,
two halfbacks came from opposite
directions to take the ball out of
the quarterback's raised hand as
he faked a pass, and the resulting ;
collision knocked all three of the
S.. players out.
.It.took less than 10 minutes
for the whole prank to unfold and
ended when the:team, on signal,
wert into a.formation, spelled out
FIJI, bowed and left the field.
:" eWe remember it fondly to this
day," says Seitz, now a professional
tennis photographer from Fort
Lauderdale. Another "player" was
L aurie.Hammer, who went on to
Star onathe PGA golf tour for years.
:, ;yes, the Gators won the
', i.' e over :the actual South Caro-
S: lin team, 37-0. The real quarter-
facks'that day were Steye. Sprrier
S::::'.:i(BPE'.81) for UP and Dan Reeves
:. r :: th :, bcdcks. Rcves is now a
ormn F coachh* *
S No*. Ca rlsn is UF' sports
historian. As the university sports
publictydirector in 1964, he admits
having advance knowledge ofthe
Fiji' prank "by necessity. "
Lise Abrams, associate professor
in the Department of Psychology,
was named the 2007 recipient of
the Young Investigator Award from
Sigma Xi, the scientific research
society. Robert Fennell (BS
'64, MD '68), professor and chief
of pediatric nephrology in the
College of Medicine's Department
of Pediatrics, received the
American Association of
Kidney Patients 2007 Medal of
Excellence. Mike Foley (BSJ '70,
MAMC '04) received two Teacher
of the Year awards, one from
the College of Journalism and
Communications and the other
from UF. The former St. Petersburg
Times executive editor teaches
reporting. Gary Langford,
associate director of bands for the
College of Fine Arts, also received
a Teacher of the Year award from
UF. He is assistant director of the
School of Music and director of
Jazz Studies. Richard Heipp,
professor with the School of Art
and Art History, was honored by
the 2006 Southeastern College
Art Conference for outstanding
artistic achievement.* Samuel
Low (MEd '80), associate dean for
faculty practice and continuing
education for the College of
Dentistry, was elected secretary-
treasurer of the American
Academy of Periodontology.
He becomes president of the
organization in 2010.* William
McKeen, chair of the Department
of Journalism, was named a
fellow by the World Technology
Network. David Reitze, physics
professor, is spokesman for the
Laser Interferometer Gravitational
Wave Observatory Scientific
summer 2007 7
* WE'RE NO. 1: UF's redesigned
"Gator Nation" license plate is
the top-selling specialty plate in
Florida. The Florida Department
of Highway Safety and Motor
Vehicles reports 90,436 of the
tags were sold or renewed in
2006, edging the No. 2-ranked
"Protect the Panther" tag. The
plates, which benefit scholar-
ships and academic advance-
ment, can be purchased at any
tag agency office in Florida for
a $25 annual fee in addition to
regular registration fees.
* HEALTHY FOCUS: Of UF's 16 col-
leges, nearly half are health-re-
lated. They include the colleges
of Dentistry, Health and Human
Performance, Medicine, Nurs-
ing, Pharmacy, Public Health
and Health Professions, and
Veterinary Medicine. (Fido and
Fluffy need health care, too.)
* HOT LOCATION: Buckman and
Thomas halls were the first
buildings on campus when
classes began in 1906. A cen-
tury later, they are the only
residence halls that lack air
* VEGGIE LOVERS: UF is the
10t' most vegetarian-friendly
campus in the United States,
according to the People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals.
* COULD HAVE BEEN A CON-
TENDER: Famed orator Wil-
liam Jennings Bryan thought
Albert Murphree, UF's second
president, would make a great
U.S. president. In 1924 he an-
nounced his intention to present
Murphree as a candidate for
the Democratic nomination.
Murphree was as surprised
as anyone his friend Bryan
hadn't even asked him. Embar-
rassed, but good natured, Mur-
phree politely declined.
SWIMMER LUCAS SALATTA
HOPES TO REPRESENT BRAZIL
The 2004 Olympics were a warm
up for Lucas Salatta.
Back then the Brazilian was a
young swimmer, although he had
10 years of competition under his
belt. He swam in one Olympic
event, the 400-meter individual
medley, and placed 19th in a field
As the 2008 Olympics ap-
proach, Salatta has more experi-
ence on his side. A seven-time All
American, the Gator standout
trained alongside an Olympic
'06), who won
gold and silver
three years ago
in Athens. He
placed highly in
tions and helped
win a 2006 SEC
"Lucas had a
year, even though
he was overshad-
owed a bit by
says Gregg Troy,
head coach of the
and diving teams,
2006 debut at Brazilian Lucas
UF. "He has enormous potential
because he's very low key and unas-
suming. He's easy to coach and has
the ability to be very successful for
the Gators and himself."
Salatta hopes this momentum
can carry him to Beijing next year
so he can again represent Brazil in
"Just being there in 2004 was a
good experience for me as a young
swimmer," says Salatta, a junior
who has not chosen a major. "If
I go in 2008, I will be more pre-
pared, better trained and more
comfortable with the crowd."
It was Salatta's parents who
encouraged him to swim. The
youngster suffered from breath-
ing problems, and Neusa and
Luis Pablo Salatta thought the
sport would build their son's
These days Salatta has plenty
of endurance, swimming the back-
stroke and the individual medley
(consisting of the backstroke,
breaststroke, butterfly stroke and
freestyle) at UE He's swum count-
less meters for the team, and he's
hoping that experience with the
Gators will help him go even far-
ther. Beijing, perhaps.
"I have learned so much in
Gainesville already," he says. "I'm
looking forward to what is coming
- Meredith Jean Morton (BSJ '06)
Salatta has earned seven All-America and three AII-SEC honors for the Gators.
It's summertime, and
the living is easy in
Gainesville thanks to
fewer students on cam-
pus, less traffic and more
opportunities to bike,
skateboard, walk and get
involved in other physi-
cal activities. Can you
identify these popular
about town? Check your
answers on page 22.
TIM HUSSIN (4JM)
Hitting the Bricks
WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS:
In an effort to track down main-
tenance problems in residence
halls, housing administrators
distribute about 50 digital cameras
to undergraduates and encourage
them to take pictures of every-
thing from cracked ceiling tiles to
flaking paint. Once the problems
are fixed, "before" and "after"
pictures are posted on bulletin
boards and online.
GO A LONG WAY, BABY: UF
now prohibits smoking within
50 feet of any campus building.
Informational ads about the ban
point out that 50 feet is equal to
the width of a basketball court,
three car lengths or 20 paces.
DRIVEN TO CONSERVE: Two new
programs were introduced this
year to help curb traffic as
well as fuel consumption and car
exhaust- on UFs campus. The
UF/GreenRide Program encour-
ages employees to carpool to
campus by offering a reserved
parking space for each carpool of
two or more people. The Flexcar
car-sharing program allows any
student or employee over the age
of 18 to rent a car by the hour for
short hops off campus.
For the latest UF news, visit
Men's basketball enjoyed back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. The team's wins were unprecedented never had a starting five returned to reclaim
their title. In June, Corey Brewer (No. 2), Joakim Noah (No.13) and Al Horford (No.42) made history again when they became the first three teammate's to be chosen in
the first round of the NBA draft. And head coach Billy Donovan (center) nearly followed.
How Sweet It Is
UF HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN AN ATHLETIC POWERHOUSE.
THEREFORE WE SHOULD ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS.
LNJOY THIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SANDWICH.
OK, all you phat Gators, repeat after me: "It's great to be a
Florida Gator, and I promise not to complain if Urban Meyer and
Billy Donovan don't win national championships next season."
You know you're lying.
Yeah, I know, Gators rule and all that stuff, but it's time for an orange and
blue reality check.
The city where the Gators play is not "Titletown," it's Gainesville.
There is no such thing as a "Gator Slam," that mythical moniker somebody
ripped off from golf's "Grand Slam" to commemorate back-to-back-to-back
Actually, it's more like a national championship sandwich, with football in
the middle of the basketball slices.
Older fans appreciate these delicious days. And you can't blame those gray-
haired Gator football fans for excessive gloating.
It was only 60 years ago coach Bear Wolf's team was ending a 13-game
losing streak in what was known as "The Golden Era." Never mind national
championships, how about a break-even season? As recently as 1979 Charley
Pell's football team was 0-10-1.
Frustration? It was Gator fans who invented the famous slogan "Wait 'til
Next Year" and not the Chicago Cubs fans. From 1906 on, there wasn't much
to write home about in the first four decades aside from the success of the
1928 Charlie Bachman team.
Life as a Gator fan wasn't always this good. Back when Bob Woodruff was
coaching the post-war Gator football team, anything more than five wins was
a stellar season. It wasn't until 1952 that the Gators played a post-season game,
BY BUDDY MARTIN
Ten years after UF won its first national championship in football, the 2006 squad delivered again in commanding fashion. The win, sandwiched between the basket-
ball team's two championships, added to Gator fervor and a magical year. Quarterback Chris Leak (left) has since graduated, but head coach Urban Meyer (center)
remains to lead the team.
for crying out loud, and they beat Tulsa in the
Gator Bowl. OK, it was Tulsa, but we'll take it.
It took a while to dig out, starting with Ray
Graves in 1960. Steve Spurrier (BSPE '81) had to
reach to bring the program respectability when he
arrived as coach in 1990. Twice in the 1980s UF
was put on NCAA probation and may have been
only a few breaths from the dreaded "death pen-
alty" for its improprieties.
Spurrier's team crashed through with the
school's initial SEC title; then he delivered Flori-
da's very first national championship in 1996.
For most of the decade from 1996 to mid-
2007, indeed, this has been a spectacular ride for
"The Gator Nation." It's not an endless journey,
however, so strap it on and try not to forget: The
song says, "In all kinds of weather, we'll all stick
together." So what are you gonna do when the
This is not to say that Meyer and Donovan
don't have more titles in them. Frankly, they're the
best coaching tandem in college ball. Think about
this: they turned down coaching jobs at perhaps
the two best-known colleges for their sport -
Meyer at Notre Dame and Donovan at Kentucky.
Dominance, however, is temporary in life, war,
business and sports. Ask the Romans.
It's certain UF won't be the ultimate football-
basketball powerhouse forever.
Gator fans got a glimpse of how fragile these
dynasties can be and how quickly they can vanish
when they lost their two-time national basketball
championship coach to the Orlando Magic -
for about two days. Scary, huh? Well, just think
about it like a cola that changes its formula. You
didn't really know what you were missing until it
was gone, but when it came back, it tasted bet-
ter than ever. One day down the road, however,
you'll backslide again.
There will be some lean times. Then, the nove-
au riche will no doubt break both ankles jumping
off the bandwagon. The diehards will complain,
but keep attending Gator football and probably
fill the O-Dome for big games.
It will never be any better than April 1, 2006,
to April 2, 2007: 366 days, three national titles
and three SEC championships. Nobody has more
bling in his cul de sac than Urban and Billy.
So keep flying your flags and enjoy the spoils.
And when you say your prayers of gratitude, be
sure to thank Ohio State and UCLA.
It was the Buckeyes who gave Spurrier's 1996
team a back-door opportunity to play for No. 1
when they upset Arizona State in the Rose Bowl
and left the Gators and Seminoles to settle the
national championship. And, of course, Ohio
State became the unwitting victim in both 2007
Last December, the Bruins knocked off
favored Southern Cal to allow the Gators to jump
into the No. 2 spot and claim a date for the BCS
title game. And it was the Bruins who lost the
NCAA hoops championship to Florida in 2006
and fell prey to them in the semi-final game
It hasn't been so "great to be a Buckeye" or
Bruin since April 2006. But it certainly has been
"great to be a Florida Gator." vv
Buddy Martin ('56- '62) is a product of the
College of journalism and Communications and a
formerAlligator sports writer who has written more
than one million words on the Gators for various
newspapers and news organizations. He is associate
editor of the Charlotte Sun and columnist for
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Kingsley Plantation national park is located on Fort George Island, north of Jacksonville Beach. The main house was built in circa 1797.
A Legacy Revealed
UF'S INVESTIGATION OF SLAVE QUARTERS IN JACKSONVILLE
COULD REDEFINE WHAT WE KNOW OF BLACK HISTORY.
BY APRIL FRAWLEY BIRDWELL (BSJ '02)
Photography by Lans Stout
HEY SLICED INTO THE EARTH SLOWLY,
U USING HAND TROWELS TO DIG AND
WIRE MESH TO SIFT SOIL.
James Davidson and his students crouched just
inside what was once the doorway of Cabin 15
West, scanning the dirt as they dug. A worn piece
of ceramic, a fragment of iron, a button, a flint
any scrap could tell something about the slaves
who once lived on Kingsley Plantation, now a
national park in Jacksonville.
It was the last week of Davidson's first African-
American archaeology field school at Kingsley in
2006, and they weren't expecting to find much.
Cabin 15 West still had partially standing walls.
Davidson's students dug there to profile the cabin
floor and scope out the architecture. This would
help them excavate other cabins, specifically two
that have been missing for more than a century
from the arc of slave quarters surrounding the
As they carved deeper into the dirt, they
"You could tell it was a chicken head," remem-
bers Kelly Christensen (BA '07), one of 11 UF
students who attended the field school last year.
"It was completely intact. The leg bones were in
the sockets as if it were alive. Just looking at the
skeleton, it was pretty obvious it was an animal
Most of the slaves who worked on Zephaniah
Kingsley's plantation were born in Africa or were
first generation African-Americans. Records show
many hailed from Nigerian tribes such as the Ibo
and Calaban that sacrificed animals to mark most
"We knew Africans lived in those cabins, but
it was startling to see them practice so completely
an African ceremony," says Davidson, an assistant
professor of anthropology who works for UF's
African American Studies program. "Those sorts
of things are what we're after ... We were trying to
get a picture into the life of an enslaved family."
The life of a Kingsley slave, however, may
not be typical of most slaves in the 19th century
South. Married to Anna, a slave girl he pur-
chased in Cuba, Kingsley was as "afro-centric"
as a Southern planter could be, Davidson says.
He held dances for his slaves, gave them days
off, armed them with guns and believed Africans
were stronger and morally superior to Europeans,
according to his writings. Kingsley's slaves enjoyed
at least some autonomy.
Because of this, UF archaeologists think un-
derstanding life at Kingsley Plantation will help
them discover how slaves from dozens of tribes
who spoke different languages created an African
identity for themselves in the United States.
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From left, graduate teaching assistant Karen Mcllvoy (BA '05), assistant ana taunal analyst Kelly unristensen I A u/
and field school director and professor James Davidson organize the search for artifacts at Kingsley Plantation.
summer 2007 13
Students working on the Kingsley Plantation project are immersed in the
experience, living on the site for six weeks.
"(Kingsley) has six or seven dif-
ferent groups with distinctly differ-
ent identities, and all these people
have to recreate an African identity
for themselves when they arrive,"
Davidson says. "You have this cre-
olized, hybrid identity that was cre-
ated and formulated on this island,
as soon as they get off the boat.
"We're trying to find the relation-
ship between an African identity and
an African-American identity."
A Benevolent Slave Master?
The semicircle of slave cabins
that straddle the 200-year-old road
to Kingsley Plantation is a telltale
sign things weren't exactly "typical"
on the plantation, Davidson says.
No one knows why Kingsley
built the cabins in this arc in 1814.
Was it his wife's influence? At the
time, African tribes often lived in
circular villages, something Anna
would have remembered from
Senegal before slave traders cap-
tured her. Was it for protection?
Seminoles had attacked his prior
plantation, Laurel Grove in today's
South Jacksonville, in 1812 during
a skirmish between the Americans
and Spanish; they abducted 41 of
his slaves and killed two others. Or
did he just like to know what was
going on? From a catwalk on the
roof of the main house, Kingsley
could see the front door of each
"We think it's probably those
(latter) two things," says Erika
Roberts, an anthropology doctoral
student who's studying Kingsley
Plantation for her dissertation.
Regardless, the arc sets Kingsley
apart from most Southern plantation
owners, who typically placed their
slave quarters along a side road in
rows, not directly in front of the main
house, Roberts says.
But then, most slave owners
didn't tell abolitionist writers they
reviled their own slave-driven pro-
fession, write treatises about the
superiority of Africans, encourage
slaves to don fancy party dresses
and silver-buttoned party jackets,
give them guns and allow them to
lock their cabins.
"Each cabin we have dug so far
has had padlocks," Davidson says.
"He gives them a greater autonomy
than other slave owners might ...
It's hard to say he was benevolent.
But in a sense, he kind of was."
Born in Scotland in 1766,
Kingsleys family moved to colonial
America when he was a child. By
the time he was in his late 30s, he
had moved to Florida as an estab-
lished slave trader. It was on one of
these slave-trading trips to Havana
that he met Anna, marrying her in
what he said was an African cer-
emony. He was 41; she was 13.
They moved to Fort George
Island in 1814 with their children
and 60 slaves. New slave cabins
were constructed using tabby, a
crude, oyster shell-encrusted con-
crete that wouldn't burn.
There were two rooms, a fire-
place and a sleeping loft in each of
the white, pitched-roof cabins. Of
the original 32 cabins, 25 still have
at least partially standing walls.
Slaves and eventually freedmen
lived in the cabins until the 1890s.
When the plantation was sold again
in the 1920s, the new owners, who
were building a country club on the
island, left the remains of the cab-
ins as a tourist attraction.
"It's a very rare thing to see
standing slave cabins and walk
through the same doors enslaved
people walked through," says Da-
vidson, who has studied African-
American archaeology since 1992.
"(Most slave cabins) were shoddily
built. After emancipation, they
were often purposely burned. Some
plantation owners drove freedmen
off plantations in a bitter act of
reprisal ... these survived by lucky
After Florida was annexed to
the United States in 1821, Kingsley
and Anna began to worry about
what would happen when he died.
Racial laws were stricter in the
American South than they had
been under Spanish rule. Anna
could be enslaved again. Their four
mixed-race children, accustomed to
lives of privilege, could be taken as
slaves, too. They also feared King-
sley's white relatives would contest
Because of this, the family left in
1839, moving to Haiti and taking
many of their slaves with them to
start a colony there, where slavery
was illegal, Davidson says. When
an abolitionist interviewed him
Although most of the cabins are still standing, it is the destroyed cabins that currently hold the most interest for researchers
since those sites weren't contaminated by later inhabitants.
and asked why he didn't free all his
slaves when he left, Kingsley told
her he still needed to make money
for the colony, saying, "All we can
do in this world is balance evils
"You can see him struggling
with his own legacy and what he
has done with his life and how he
regrets a lot of it," Davidson says.
"That's what makes Kingsley such
an interesting site."
Digging for History
Although the cabins remain,
there is little known about the
slaves who lived in them.
"History books just don't tell
the full story," Christensen says.
"There's a portion of the popula-
tion whose stories are not told.
Archaeology is one way to get at it."
The push to understand how
slaves lived through the scraps of
objects they left behind actually
began at UF in 1968 when profes-
sor Charles Fairbanks excavated a
cabin at Kingsley Plantation,
Some anthropologists argued
slaves didn't incorporate African
customs into their plantation lives.
Fairbanks went to Kingsley in
hopes of finding any object that
would prove the contrary. Digging
in Cabin 1, he searched for "Afri-
canisms," objects associated with
African customs or religion.
A sacrificial chicken would have
proven his point. But he didn't find
a chicken or anything else he could
link to African culture, Davidson
says. Cabin 1 West had been lived
in for years after slaves left the
plantation, so Fairbanks struggled
to find anything that clearly be-
longed to slaves. He gave up, not
going back to the plantation until
"He had the right idea,"
Davidson says. "He just picked the
To better the chances they
would find antebellum artifacts
when they dug, more recent UF
researchers excavated cabins that no
longer exist, picking Cabin 12 and
Cabin 13. It was a lucky choice.
A map they found after the field
school last year shows the cabins
were missing by 1853.
"We lucked out," Davidson says.
"It looks like these cabins were only
occupied between 1814 and 1839
during Zephaniah Kingsley's tenure
on the island."
They also chose missing cabins
to avoid endangering the historic
cabins at the national park.
"We didn't want to possibly under-
mine those walls and have them col-
lapse," Roberts says. "(Kingsley) has
an important historical significance."
The students and researchers
returned to Kingsley for six weeks
this summer. They'll continue
excavating cabins they dug last year,
including Cabin 15 West where
they found the chicken. They'll
also try to find the locations of the
original, pre-Kingsley slave cabins
by digging at precise spots in search
of pre-19th century ceramic shards
or carbonized nails left after the
For students, the experience is
about more than learning to be an
archaeologist. They are immersed
in the experience as they live on the
island steps from the slave cab-
ins for six weeks.
"When you're out there and
involved, you get a better feeling
of what's going on," Roberts says.
"I feel like I get more of a context.
You're ingrained in life out there."
They may not find another
chicken this year, but Davidson
says the group should uncover clues
that help answer their main ques-
tions about the slaves who picked
cotton for Kingsley and lived in the
arc of tabby cabins.
Students have found (top) a ceramic
shard from a pearlware mug (circa
1790-1830), (middle) a piece of chert
(flint) that may have been used as a
cutting tool; and (bottom) the bowl
portion of an iron spoon found in
the kitchen area. They continue to
search for evidence of the slaves'
lifestyle and living conditions.
"We know a fair amount about
the namesakes of the plantation,
but we don't know much about
the enslaved population at all,"
he says. "What material signature
can we find that might represent
these people's attempt to recreate or
redefine themselves? How did they
build a community?" -rv
THEY MAY SEEM LIKE "THE ODD COUPLE," BUT FRANK BOVA AND
BILL FRIEDMAN HAVE A PARTNERSHIP THAT HELPS THE MCKNIGHT
BRAIN INSTITUTE AND ITS PATIENTS FLOURISH.
UARLY ON TUESDAY, DR. FRANK BOVA AND A COLLEAGUE FIT A PATIENT WITH AN OVERSIZED METAL HEAD RING.
Bova holds the ring steady as another doctor tightens it. So groggy she's barely awake, the middle-aged woman's
feet twist involuntarily as four injections of a local anesthetic are given. Bova his voice low and soothing -
coaxes her to relax and take deep breaths until the pain lets up.
The first of four patients who've come in as a group for breakfast and a sedative, she's wheeled into the next room and put
on a table. The ring is secured so that her head can't move. The $3 million Trilogy Tx medical linear accelerator, a large white
machine, aims and shoots precisely targeted beams of radiation at her brain tumor.
After about 30 minutes, her surgery is done.
BY MICKIE ANDERSON (BSJ '87)
The four shots and a headache once the rings
come off will be the worst pain she and the three
other brain surgery patients have that day. No
cutting, no stitches, and they go home a few
Bova and his longtime friend and collaborator,
Dr. Bill Friedman, perfected the technology for
California-based Varian Medical Systems. Their
work on the noninvasive radio surgery machine,
which targets tumors anywhere in the body as
opposed to Gamma Knife technology used on
brain tumors only, is just one example of how the
unlikely team's unique relationship keeps UF's
neurosurgery department and the McKnight
Brain Institute at the front of the pack.
Friedman, neurosurgery chairman at UF's
College of Medicine, and Bova would seem to
be polar opposites. The Midwestern Friedman is
often described as serious, where the New York
City-born Bova is often anything but.
The men's backyards are adjacent, but they
can go two weeks without talking to each other.
But the "symbiotic" relationship, as Bova calls it,
"I need him to set parameters. He needs me
to get the physical pieces together," Bova says. "I
think we have so much respect for each other's
knowledge: I never question it if he tells me
something won't work."
Since teaming up 20 years ago and "just hit-
ting it off," they've continued to work together.
Their most recent effort resulted in software that
lets UF doctors fuse CT and MRI pictures -
creating a far better view of brain tumors and
allowing them to aim a high dose of radiation at
the tumor without hurting surrounding healthy
Dr. Dennis Steindler, executive director of the
McKnight Brain Institute, calls the duo's inven-
tions "absolutely ingenious."
Dr. Kelly Foote, a UF neurosurgeon, points to
their "complementary skill sets."
"Taken individually, both of them are really
amazing guys. Dr. Bova is an ingenius engineer.
He's the kind of guy that if you need something
done or need something to work that's not work-
ing he's the guy," Foote says. "Dr. Friedman is
extraordinarily intelligent the most clean and
logical thinker I've ever known. Together, they're a
force to be reckoned with."
And Dr. John Buatti, chairman of the radia-
tion oncology department at the University of
Iowa's Carver College of Medicine, says their
work has impacted "literally thousands and thou-
sands of people worldwide."
Bova's and Friedman's push to improve existing
technology is aggressive and constant.
When they began, the computer they used was
the size of a refrigerator. It's now the size of a desk-
top unit and much faster. Surgery that used to take
three hours has been whittled to 25 minutes.
Friedman and Bova, are already eyeing ways to
make the system sleeker, smarter, quicker.
"Things that we're happy with now, hopefully
we won't be happy with a year from now," Bova
says. "Realistically, we can look at the next four,
five years, and something that takes two hours now
- we can look at how to get that down to
BOTH OF THEM ARE REALLY
TOGETHER, THERE A FORCE
TO BE RECKONED WITH."
DR. KELLY FOOTE
Their push to improve technology is built in
around their regular duties.
"Around here, you have your daytime job,
and then you have your research job," Bova says
with a grin.
UF's McKnight Brain Institute could soon be
among the nation's top five comprehensive brain
tumor centers along with places like Duke Com-
prehensive Cancer Center, Sloan-Kettering and
M.D. Anderson, Friedman says.
"I think we're just a couple of people away
from being there," he says.
He's been working hard to raise money and
hopes to soon hire two high-profile neuro-on-
cologists an area of expertise he believes UF
needs to make the move from great brain surgery
center into that elite top five. Neuro-oncologists
treat brain tumors with chemotherapy or biologi-
cal therapy. There aren't many of them out there
because, traditionally, brain tumors have been
treated other ways.
On the fundraising front, last summer the
McKnight Brain Institute received a $5 million
gift from the Lillian S. Wells Foundation Inc.
The gift, eligible to be matched by the state's
Major Gifts Trust Fund, will help recruit top-of-
their-class doctors and support research.
Another of the big steps toward world-class
status: a recently established tissue bank.
The bank will work with hospitals around the
state to collect samples of brain tumors removed
in surgery for future study.
UF performs about 500 brain tumor surger-
ies every year, Friedman says, more than most of
their peer institutions. The more tissue that's col-
lected, the farther scientists can go to learn about
why they form in the first place and how to
stop them from forming.
And getting that much closer to finding a cure
means everything to Friedman, who knows all too
well how painful cancer can be. His mother died
from a brain tumor in July 2002.
"I was focused before, but ever since I've been
even more focused. It's a real powerful motivator
for me," Friedman says. "It was awful. Absolutely
awful. It's what I do, and I couldn't do anything "
But for Lynda Barrentine, Bova and Friedman
were able to do something.
In March 2005, Barrentine was a healthy
45-year-old who walked four quick-paced miles
several times a week at her home near Dade City.
Then one day she woke up and her right side
wouldn't move. She thought she'd slept on it
funny and forced herself out of bed. She called in
sick, but didn't go to a doctor. Instead, she made
a roast in the crockpot and tried to figure out why
when she reached for something on her right, her
body moved left.
After fooling her husband, Sam, for a bit by
shuffling so that her odd walk wasn't so obvious,
he insisted they go to the hospital. Two hospitals
later, doctors told her she had a malformation so
deep inside her brain that they couldn't operate-
and that it was bleeding out.
"I felt like I was in a soap opera," she says.
"Someone would come in and tell me gloomy
news. Then worse news."
Like a ball of yarn, veins inside her brain had
knotted together and ruptured. That morning
when she woke up numb, she'd had a stroke.
Unhappy with the doctors' inability to offer
much hope, her husband picked up the phone
and started looking for answers.
Barrentine underwent radiosurgery at UF soon
after and says for now, other than some lifestyle
changes such as tiring far more easily than she
used to she feels healthy.
She remembers Friedman and Bova explaining
what would happen so that she understood. They
let Sam stay with her. The patients having radiosur-
gery that day had breakfast and snacks together and
awaited their turn together in a conference room.
"Everybody's together, so it makes it seem like
it's OK," she says.
And she remembers them as "neat, nice doctors."
"I bet if you met them at the grocery store, you
wouldn't know they were brain surgeons." -'
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INTERNATIONAL GATOR DAY PUTS ALUMNI
ENTHUSIASM TO GOOD USE.
DTS THE DAY ON WHICH THE
GATOR NATION GIVES BACK
TO THE WORLD.
More than 1,000 volunteers.
Nearly 3,000 volunteer hours. From Gainesville
to Paris, Gators donned work clothes and gloves
May 19 to clean their communities, take care of
the less fortunate or raise money for charity.
In some cases, they even helped other gators.
"They came out and busted their butts for us,"
says Russ Johnson, president of Arizona's Phoenix
Herpetological Society, which houses 400 rescued
and confiscated reptiles ranging from alligators
to Gila monsters. "There had to be 35-40 people
out here building reptile habitats. It was fantastic
The work done by Phoenix's Desert Gator
Club* was part of International Gator Day, an an-
nual event sponsored by Gator Clubs* worldwide
to show that Gators care about more than just
their alma mater.
"The whole effort is to give," says Leonard
Spearman (BA '75), who recently completed his
year as president of the UF Alumni Association.
"Yes, we're proud Gators and we like our sports
and we like our activities, but this is a chance to
give to our communities."
Sarasota Gator ClubO
4 In Texas, for instance, Spearman and his fellow mem-
bers of the Houston Gator Club* spend the day at a
children's hospital where they give away stuffed Gator
toys, play games, paint faces and provide cookies and ice
"It's such a beautiful experience to see those children
who don't get to get out and play," Spearman says. "The
L kids are happy to see us, and the parents are just elated."
It's the ninth year that Gator Clubs have dedicated a
day to community service. Former UFAA President Scott
Hawkins (BSBA'80, JD '83) came up with the idea in
1999 he wanted a way to bring Gator Clubs together
to do a service project, regardless of how far away they
were from UF and each other.
"By working in our communities, we saw National
Gator Day as a way of bringing positive reflection on the
university by doing something tangible," Hawkins said at
the time. "If you stop and think about how members of a
club can do something to help someone, and then think
of all the clubs and all the club members who partici-
pated, it is quite profound."
Ric Katz in Paris
Since then, thousands of volunteer hours have been
put into projects around the globe. Efforts have been as
varied as the Gators who participated in them: Clubs
have built homes for Habitat for Humanity, collected
trash from roadways, donated blood, performed mainte-
nance on hiking trails, sponsored book drives and con-
ducted fundraisers, among other projects.
This year alone, 1,032 volunteers from 52 clubs
worldwide donated 2,954 hours for their communities.
For the alligators, crocodiles, lizards and other reptiles
that populate the Phoenix Herpetological Society, that
time was a godsend, Johnson says. It resulted in four new
habitats for the society's inhabitants work that would
have taken the society's small staff weeks to complete.
"You've got an amazing group of alumni," he says. "It
was just phenomenal what they got done." -lV
To learn more about International Gator Day or to find a
Gator Club near you, visit www.ufalumni.uf.edu.
Seattle Gator Club*
JIM KELLY TAKES ON THE WORLD'S NEGATIVITY WITH A
BOOK THAT HELPS PEOPLE COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER.
He was meditating silently in a
California vineyard when a voice
inside Jim Kelly's head told him:
"Don't drop the ball on this one."
The voice was referring to Kelly's
idea for a book of compliments.
And we're not talking your typical,
cute outfit" or "nice tie" compli-
ments, but extravagant, unforget-
proclamations of adoration. Com-
pliments like: "You're resplendent
beyond regulations and as radiant
as a Nassau sunrise."
The idea stemmed from another
book Barry Kraft's "Thy Father
is a Gorbellied Codpiece: Create
Over 100,000 of your own Shake-
spearean Insults" given to Kelly
(BSADV '77) by a friend. That's
when it struck Kelly. "There are
well over 100 books on insults,"
he says. "There's 'The Big Book
of Portuguese Insults,' 'Insults for
Kids.'" But nobody, it seemed, was
doing the opposite: throwing some
kind words at someone who de-
Kelly puts it more simply:
There just aren't enough "positive
vibes" going around. And who
better to send a few positive vibes
than a man who answers his cell
phone quoting Ace Ventura, a
man whose business card reads
"Irishman At Large."
UF psychology professor Barry
Schlenker says we have a genuine
need for others' approval. One way
we sense that approval is through
compliments. "People like those
who seem to like them," he says.
"Compliments display acceptance
... and boost self-esteem."
Schlenker cites self-help guru
Dale Carnegie, author of "How to
Win Friends and Influence People."
"[Carnegie] talks about creating a
positive atmosphere," says Schlenker.
One of the suggestions he makes
in the book is to hand out compli-
ments to create that atmosphere.
Within a year Kelly pulled
together the first book draft by
spending hours at a time going
through a thesaurus and pulling all
The world abounds with insult
books, but Jim Kelly found there
was little help for those who want-
ed to give a creative compliment.
He therefore wrote "Wickhead's
Guide to Verbal Gusto."
to Verbal Gusto
Jim Keilys creative tninKing nas lea to a variety ot opportunities, from advertising copywriter to winery
jack-of-all-trades. His business card, however, says "Irishman at Large."
the words that had "the vibe" and
incorporating them into compli-
ments. He named the book "The
Less Stress Book of Compliments"
and shipped it out to presses all
over the country.
It was promptly rejected.
So Kelly moved on to publish-
ing houses known for putting
out strange or goofy titles fun
books, or as Kelly puts it, "loose"
books. One such press published a
book tided "Psilocybin Mushrooms
of the World."
"I thought: These guys have got
to be loose," explains Kelly. But
after being rejected by the guys who
help folks identify the mushrooms
with the best hallucinogenic prop-
erties, Kelly opted for the self-pub-
Kelly has not always been an
author, but his creative writing
talents did get him his first job. He
recalls his rsumd as a work of art,
listing his major as advertising and
his minor as nuclear weapons dis-
posal. As for work experience? His
final project, he wrote, "consisted of
writing a campaign for the Atlantic
Bank and also disarming a pair of
Sheer Elegance panty hose that had
gone supercritical." That resume,
written with help from two of his
fraternity brothers, landed Kelly
his first gig writing ad copy for Leo
Burnett Co., Chicago's largest ad
He stuck with it for a few years,
until, several layoffs later, he was
out of work. So Kelly joined his
father selling any product they
thought had potential. One of their
biggest sellers? A practice tennis
game, which involved a tennis ball
on a bungee cord. "I was playing
tennis at a flea market for 10 hours
a day," says Kelly. In 1993, he
headed west to work for the Larson
Family Winery in Sonoma, Calif.,
where his brother was a ranch
foreman. "I dropped the anchor,"
says Kelly, "and it held." Until he
recently left, he'd worn many hats
- even a couple of sombreros, he
jokes doing just about anything
the winery needed: from present-
ing tasting to driving big rigs full
of wine. He was there to see the
winery win the award for Best
Cabernet in California at the 2006
These days Kelly is working
with Groundbreaking Press to
get his book on shelves. It's gone
through a few transformations since
its early rejections. For one, the title
has changed to "Wickhead's Guide
to Verbal Gusto." And just who is
this Wickhead? A cartoon persona
developed by Kelly's brother to dish
out the compliments. Kelly's intent
is for readers to use the book like
they might a book of quotations.
Need a line to sign on the boss'
birthday card? Check with Wick-
head. Need to offer adulation to
your best friend during his wedding
toast? Wickhead can help. And
maybe the recipient of your
well-placed compliment will pass
on the positive vibe. Besides, who
wouldn't like to be called "the
creme de la creme, no whip!"
Maureen Harmon Behrend
summer 2007 23
PR 0FI LES
IT WAS HELPFUL
ONCE I LEARNED
OF OTHER WAYS
FORMER NBA STANDOUT NEAL WALK SAYS
THE OBSTACLES HE'S FACED WERE MERE
STEPS TO A BETTER WAY OF LIVING.
Don't label Neal Walk. Walk says. "Pe
Yes, the former Gator basketball confined to a v
star still holds UF career records confined. IfI a
in scoring average, rebounds and abled, that I'm
rebound average, but he'll tell you good for my h
that statistics are misleading and This attitude
that times have changed. of humility an
Yes, he was the second pick the foundation
in the 1969 NBA Draft behind It's proven to a
basketball legend Kareem Abdul- force behind W
Jabbar, but he'll insist that big men a motivational
were premiums back then, and the crowds that rat
level of talent in the 1960s just dren to corpor;
wasn't what it is today, encourages his
And yes, the 6'10" former All- in the present
American has used a wheelchair their own insti
since the late 1980s, but he'll re- "The sky's 1
mind you that he doesn't see himself Walk says. "An
as disabled, and neither should you. do that for hin
"People pigeonhole and label It was Walk
things, and labels are limiting," stincts that bro
ople would say, 'He's
wheelchair.' I'm not
ccept that I'm dis-
a liability, that's not
ie a healthy mix
d determination is
of Walk's life today.
Iso be the driving
Talk's side career as
nge from schoolchil-
ate executives, Walk
audiences to live
md to have faith in
)lue if I say it's blue,"
d everyone's free to
's faith in his in-
ught him to UF in
1965. A high school basketball star
in Miami Beach, Gainesville was
hardly the place Walk was hoping to
"I wanted to go to school in China
or Mars or wherever," Walk says. "I
just wanted to get out of Florida."
But a visit to the UF campus
changed his mind. Walk was par-
ticularly awestruck by the beauty of
the Plaza of the Americas, and he
embraced what his inner voice was
telling him he was meant to be
His intuition was right. Walk's
three years as a member of the bas-
ketball team would establish him as
a true Gator great. He was an SEC
and national rebounding champ
in his junior year, and as a senior
captain, he averaged 24 points per
game. He remains the only Gator
basketball player who has had his
jersey, No. 41, retired.
Walk recalls his time in Gaines-
ville as some of the best years of
his life, citing memories of surfing
in the waters of Cocoa Beach and
shooting pool at the College Inn.
They were fun and formative years.
"My portal to the world was
Gainesville," he says.
Drafted by the Phoenix Suns
in 1969, Walk spent eight seasons
in the NBA before playing profes-
sional basketball in Italy and Israel.
During this time, however, he was
also beginning to explore interests
outside of the world of basketball
- namely, philosophy.
'Applying philosophy, embrac-
ing philosophy it was helpful
and insightful," Walk says. "Once
I learned of other ways to perceive
reality, then things became altered."
Walk devoured book after book
on the topic, becoming particularly
partial to Eastern thought and Ori-
ental philosophies. Such new ways
of thinking brought him a peaceful
mindset that would prove to be
especially valuable in 1987 when
doctors discovered a benign tumor
on his spine. Surgeries removed the
tumor, but Walk was left paralyzed.
As always, his attitude remained
accepting and positive.
"That's just the way it is," Walk
says. "This wheelchair is a necessary
part of the evolution of my soul."
Still hungry for new knowledge
and experiences, Walk busies him-
self in his free time with music,
literature, art and, of course, Gator
basketball. When the men's basket-
ball team captured back-to-back
titles in 2006 and 2007, Walk
looked on with pride.
"I like that they're an unselfish
bunch," Walk says of the cham-
pionship players. "The way they
stuck together those are charac-
teristics you like to see in people,
and especially in basketball teams."
Walk also maintains his ties with
the Phoenix Suns, working in the
digital archives department of the
team's front office. His current con-
nections to professional sports go
beyond a day-to-day job, however.
In 2006, he was inducted into the
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
For Walk, such honors and
experiences are further steps in the
evolution of his soul.
"Whether we live in the good,
the bad, the right or wrong, they're
all gifts," Walk says. "You just can't
take it for granted."
-Jamison Webb (BSJ'07)
summer 2007 25
HITTING THE BRICKS
ANSWERS FROM PAGE 9:
Highway 441 crossing Paynes
Prairie is one of several well-
used bicycling destinations
around Gainesville, while
a tunnel under 13' Street
helps both walkers and the
occasional skateboarder pass
between the main campus
and the Norman Hall area.
My Old School
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It's been 15 years since my
graduating class walked the aisle,
crossing that momentous threshold
between student and alumnus. A
border between memories of parties
and friendships, nights at Gator
Growl and days at football games,
and a future exciting, uncertain and
maybe a little frightening.
With our diplomas we walked
away from our time as students
but carried with us our ideals, our
demands and drives and not a
little bit of hope.
In some ways, it seems little has
changed. When we left college life
behind in 1990, stepping out into
a new life and a new decade, Paula
Abdul was a Top-40 idol. Now she
judges American idols. In 1990
George Bush was our president. A
Bush is still in the White House
today. Fifteen years ago, our troops
had just toppled a dictator deemed
a threat to our security.
History has indeed repeated
itself for our generation.
But it is a different world than
the one we entered in 1990. It's
a lot less innocent, maybe a little
more cynical. On that spring day in
May 1990, we had yet to face the
terror of Danny Rolling, Timothy
McVeigh and Osama bin Laden.
Gainesville, and the United States
for that matter, was still considered
a safe haven. An eager playground
where we could freely express our
idealism and use our youth, our
intellect and our drive to make the
world into our image. We'd spent
our formative years at UF witness-
ing the triumph of ideas. Only a
few months earlier, people power
had toppled an entrenched Soviet
bloc many thought impregnable.
The outpouring of freedom, even
thousands of miles away, buoyed
our spirits as we sampled the late
spring Gainesville air.
It would not take long for our
first steps, so full of bright opti-
mism, to collide with dark reality.
Less than four months later, ter-
ror gripped the UF campus when
five students were brutally mur-
dered. The stain of that crime has
still not fully faded. Only months
later, we saw thousands of Ameri-
cans do battle on foreign soil once
again with an enemy we would face
a dozen years later.
The road of history since our
graduation is filled with speed
bumps of tragedy and controversy:
the first World Trade Center bomb-
ing in 1993; the Waco tragedy in
the same year; the O.J. trial; the
Monica Lewinsky scandal; and
undoubtedly the deepest jolt to our
collective psyche, the 9/11 attack.
And yet, with all the roadblocks
to our idealism, we continue to
believe. We stubbornly cherish our
faith in ourselves, and refuse to suc-
cumb to cynicism.
We who became graduates in
1990 still strive to make the world a
better place, edging it a little closer
to that ideal world we believed in so
passionately. That sense of self, the
spirit to do more than just endure,
runs just as fiercely in our veins as
it did 15 years ago. We remember
that better world we glimpsed so
briefly, and that memory shines
undimmed as we continue to step
out into that uncertain future.
Joe Margetanski (BSPR '90)
New Port Richey
Like many Gator alumni, I have
come to realize that events that
occurred to me during my days as
a student on the campus are sim-
ply vignettes woven together into
a fabric that determine who I am
today. Sometimes these vignettes
are so memorable they seem to be
In the mid-1950s the social
fraternity I was a member of had a
pledge running for president of the
freshman class. A fraternity brother
of mine was a disc jockey for a local
radio station who was broadcasting
from a sorority house on campus
on Sunday afternoon. I decided it
would be a great idea if I took our
candidate to this sorority house so
our fraternity brother could give
him some on-the-air publicity. This
sorority was a member of the op-
posing political party, however.
As our candidate and I were
walking up to the front of the
sorority house we were approached
by a pretty young lady who was
standing in our path with a no-
nonsense look on her face. She
recognized my candidate and she
seemed to instinctively know what
I was up to. As president of this
sorority she proceeded to evict us
from the premises. My scheme was
effectively eviscerated by this young
After the election my fraternity
and that sorority had a trick or
I~ ! '
treat Halloween social together.
Fraternity and sorority members
were paired off and each couple was
assigned to ring doorbells to collect
toys for needy children.
As fate would have it, I was
paired off with this same young
lady who had previously destroyed
my brilliant scheme. Much to my
surprise she told me she was reti-
cent to ring doorbells and ask per-
fect strangers for toys. So, we made
our first compromise. I would do
the talking and she would just
smile. It worked. We collected a lot
of toys that evening.
As I became better acquainted
with this young lady I was capti-
vated by her charm, intelligence,
strength of character and good
looks. We began dating. She even-
tually accepted my fraternity pin.
My fraternity serenaded us on the
same front porch of her sorority
house where she had previously
evicted me. After a long courtship
we were married.
That was 48 years ago. She is
still the love of my life and my best
friend. We have two children, a
daughter who graduated from the
University of Florida with high
honors and a son who graduated
from Carnegie Mellon University
The above vignettes are just
some of the experiences that
occurred to me while I was on the
campus that became the mosaic
of my life. Every Gator alumnae
or alumnus has some reason to
be grateful to the University of
Florida. This is just one such
episode which I treasure.
Jack Nichols (BSBA '58, JD '65)
In 19531 had completed an
associate in arts degree on a basket-
ball scholarship at a private junior
college in Jacksonville. I did not
have sufficient financial resources
to continue college in the fall, so
I took a job at Gibbs Shipyards
in south Jacksonville. When they
would allow me to, I worked two
shifts straight in order to earn
and save enough to continue on
in school. During the fall term I
received a call from my draft board
that my name was coming up and
I would be drafted if I did not get
back in school.
I wanted to go to the University
of Florida where an older brother
of mine had received a degree a
few years before. Someone told me
about Georgia Seagle Hall, a Chris-
tian Living Cooperative on Univer-
sity Avenue a few blocks east of the
university. Mrs. Georgia Seagle had
donated a large house and an an-
nex, and set up a trust fund for the
express purpose of "helping young
men of good Christian character to
attend the University of Florida." I
later discovered that the Gator foot-
ball team had been housed there in
In 1954 the cost of room and
board to live at Georgia Seagle was
$45 a month. When accepted for
residency, you were on probation
for the first semester to determine
whether you were of good character
and met requirements. All residents
worked either on a grounds or
kitchen crew to help with expenses.
We fixed breakfast, but had a cook
for the noon and evening meal. We
had a housemother and dressed in
coat and tie for the evening meal.
At the time I lived there I truly felt
that it had all the advantages of a
fraternity without the disadvantag-
es. There was no drinking of alco-
holic beverages, and we all attended
a church as a group on Sundays,
both of which were positives for
me. We were very competitive in
intramural sports and other campus
Seagle also presented other
opportunities for residents. Mr.
and Mrs. Babb lived in Bartow but
operated an amusement park on a
lake that was on the border between
Connecticut and Massachusetts.
They would come to Seagle and
interview and hire five or six guys
to work at Babb's Amusement Park
for the summer. The park was near
Suffield, Conn., between Hartford,
Conn., and Springfield, Mass., and
we lived in a large house on the
lake. There was a large picnic area,
a skating rink, a penny arcade, a
soda fountain and grill, swimming
and boat rentals, and all the other
duties required for the operation of
these facilities. We received a place
to live and meals, and $65 a week
in salary, which enabled me to pay
my fees and much of my living
expenses at Seagle for the year. I
worked there two summers before
getting married and completing
a bachelor's of science degree at
Florida in 1956.
The University of Florida, Geor-
gia Seagle Hall and Babb's Amuse-
ment Park all were wonderful expe-
riences for me and helped me to get
through school and be successful
in life. I shall always be indebted to
the University of Florida for the re-
lationships and education I received
there, and to Seagle and Babb's for
helping me to meet my goal of a
college education. Though I have
since completed a master's degree
at another institution and am now
retired, I will always be a Gator.
Robert Lex Barnett (BSPE '56)
Although I grew up in Clearwater,
I decided to begin my law practice
with the firm of Carver and Langs-
ton in Lakeland. When I men-
tioned this to the father of a friend
- Harold "Gator" Barber Sr. ('39),
who apparently attended UF at or
about that time he laughed and
said, "Beauty Langston, the ugliest
man on the face of the earth."
Whatever Beauty's physical
attributes or lack thereof, he was
certainly a wonderful person.
Although Langston no longer
practiced on a regular basis, when
he was in the office, he was always
willing to provide help with legal
questions or matters of procedure
for me and the young associate in
the law office next door, a lad by
the name of Lawton Chiles (BSBA
'52, JD '55).
One day while helping me
begin the probate of a decedent's
estate, the subject turned to his
baseball career at UF He said that
one spring, he was approached by
a town in North Florida to come
and play summer baseball for its
town team and it would "take care
of him." Apparently this was before
the advent of the NCAA. Anyway,
he went there and, upon his first
trip to the plate, struck out to a
rousing chorus of boos and taunts
of "Go back to Gainesville, col-
lege boy!" On his next trip to the
plate he hit a triple, driving in two
go-ahead runs, all to the great joy
of his erstwhile adversaries. As he
finished the story, he looked at me
and smiled and said, "I knew right
then I'd found a home."
James Baxter (BA '53)
I lived in three different dorms
during my stay (Jennings, Yulee &
Reid Coop). The weekend always
began on Thursday when we would
quaff many brewskis at the Rat for
Oldie Goldie night, which later
became Disco night. Weekends
we would rock to bands like Mud-
crutch, which had a guitarist by the
name of Tom Petty.
The Rat was run by two frater-
nities back then, Phi Kappa Tau
and the Betas (Beta Theta Pi). Be-
ing a Gamma Delta Iota, I was the
only non-Greek bartender in fall
1973. On a slow evening we heard
a ruckus at the front door, and in
ran about 20 female streakers head-
ing for the back door. Finding it
locked, they had to come through
again to the whoops and hollers of
One particular Thursday night,
Aug. 8, 1974, Oldies night was
delayed so we could watch a certain
president tell us that he was resign-
ing. The first song the DJ played
was "Celebrate" by Three Dog
I was saddened to hear during
my stint as a lay missioner in Texas
('80-'81) that the Rat had burned
to the ground. There will never be
another campus gathering place like
our beloved Rathskellar.
Ron Zamora (BA 74)
summer 2007 27
CAMPUSWIDE SYMPOSIA AND EVENTS
SEPTEMBER 28, 2007
To celebrate the kickoff
of UF's capital campaign,
Florida Tomorrow, each
college and unit on campus
will host events Sept. 28 to
which alumni and the public
are invited. "Showcasing
the Possibilities" will feature
displays, lectures and exhibits
to explain how Florida
Tomorrow will impact current
and future students, Florida
residents, the nation and even
the world. For an updated
and more detailed
Warrington College of
Contact: Rebecca Worley,
* Symposium: "How iPods and the
Internet are breaking through
geographic barriers for undergraduate
and graduate students."
* Florida Leadership Academy seminar
* Sears Retailing Management seminar
* Poe Center for Business Ethics speaker
* Center for International Business
Education & Research speaker
* Finance professional speakers series
* Bergstrom Center for Real Estate
Studies annual real estate trends and
* Tours available for the Fisher School
of Accounting's commemorative
College of Dentistry
Contact: Lindy Brounley,
* Symposium: "Eradicating Caries
College of Design, Construction
Contact: Marcia Bourdon,
352-392-4836 ext. 314
* Open house and exhibit of Florida
Community Design Center work
* Walking tour and exhibits
featuring Rinker Hall and the Perry
Construction Yard facility including
UF's first green roof exhibits
College of Education
Contact: Jodi Mount,
352-392-0728 ext. 250
* Interactive presentation on how
technology and teaching are evolving
* Virtual classrooms of the future
* Virtual tour on the future of the
* Lunch and presentation from UF's
EK. Yonge Developmental Research
* Tours and department demonstrations
on pod-casting, auto essay scoring
College of Engineering
Contact: Ann McElwain,
or Marianna McElroy 352-392-6795
* Department open houses
* Presentation: "Learn how engineering
impacts Florida, the nation and the
* Luncheon and panel discussion about
energy, hurricanes and other natural
disasters, biomedical engineering and
* View student videos about how Gator
Engineering changes the world
College of Fine Arts
Contact: Millie Ramos,
* Convocation on special topics for
music students and friends
* Open house with the Modern Dance
* Interactive exhibits in graphic design,
printmaking, ceramics, painting and
* "The Cherry Orchard" performance
* Virtual tour of "It's a Digital World
Get a Second Life on Gator Nation
* "Just Suppose: Photographs by Jerry
Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor" exhibit
* "A Dying Breed: Photographs by
Randy Batista" exhibit
* "A Private Eye: Latin American prints
from the Efrain Barradas Collection"
Florida Museum of Natural History
Contact: Beverly Sensbach,
352-846-2000 ext. 205
* International specimens exhibit from
the Dickinson and McGuire Hall
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Contact: Debra Hatfield,
* Symposia on Florida citrus, bio-
energy, water resources, emerging
pathogens, enhancing and conserving
natural resources, functional foods
and human nutrition
Samuel P. Ham Museum of Art
Contact: Phyllis DeLaney,
* "Culture as a Catalyst: Rethinking
Tomorrow's Museums" lecture
* Dessert buffet in the galleria
* Studio art class demonstrations
* Curatorial talks on contemporary art,
modern art, photography and
College of Health and
Contact: Melissa Wohlstein,
* Tours begin in the Florida Gym
* Symposium with displays of each
research center and institute
* Gator Luau at the Florida Pool
(behind the Florida Gym)
Contact: Mabel Cardec,
Open house with exhibits from the
Paris Research Center, Beijing Center
for International Studies, study abroad
programs, regional studies centers,
Language Studies and more
College of Journalism
Contact: Laforis Knowles,
Table presentauons by various
Panel discussion on "Looking to the
Tours ofWUFT-TV and WUFT-FM
available throughout the day
Center for Latin American Studies
Contact: Hannah Covert,
352-392-0375 ext. 825
Meet with the artist of "A Private Eye:
Latin American Prints from the Efrain
Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Contact: Kelley Frohlich, 352-273-0640
Open houses and tours
Law student art show
College of Liberal Arts and
Contact: John Sabin,
* Chemistry: outreach program
* English: film display, media studies
comic book and children's literature
* European Studies: open house,
multimedia display, translation games
Linguistics/CSD: speakers and
demonstrations on speech deception
software, treatment for Alzheimer's
and Aphasia diseases, and more
Physics: "Physics is Fun" display and
Zoology: speakers, displays and
petting pools with a variety of
College of Medicine
Contact: Sandy Pulcini,
Students and faculty showcase the
future of medicine
College of Nursing
Contact: Meg Hendryx,
Symposium: roles in nursing and
UF Performing Arts
Contact: Elizabeth Auer,
352-392-1900 ext. 325
"Pamini Devi: A Cambodian Magic
Flute" performance Sept. 27
Residency activities and panel
discussions with the company will be
available throughout the week
College of Pharmacy
Contact: David Campbell,
* National Advisory Board meeting
with discussions on "How
environmental pollutants are
metabolized," "developing safe non-
toxic drugs," "Understanding the
mechanisms of addiction at work in
the brain," and "From bench
College of Public Health and
Contact: Marie Emmerson,
Public health symposium
Contact: Susan Barcus,
Presentation: Exploring the future of
Construction site tours of Shands
HealthCare and Shands at UF Cancer
George A. Smathers Libraries
Contact: Lane Jimison,
Tour the Special Collections facility
Fireside chat with a Florida historian
Division of Student Affairs
Contact: Myra Morgan,
Open house at J. Wayne Reitz Union,
Career Resource Center, Recreational
sports facilities, Lake Wauburg,
Honor's Residential College at Hume
Hall, Institute of Black Culture and
Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures
College of Veterinary Medicine
Contact: Zoe Scale,
352-392-4700 ext. 5212
* Faculty presentations on manatees,
wildlife and zoo medicine, emerging
pathogens, small animal and equine
* Demonstrations of VETS (Veterinary
Emergency Treatment Services) truck,
MEDS (Mobile Equine Diagnostic
Service) truck, equine treadmill and
CT imaging equipment
Whitney Laboratory for
Contact: Stacey Marsh,
352-392-0697 or 904-461-4015
Tours of Center for Marine Studies
and the site of the future Center for
Marine Animal Health
Contact: Brent Williams,
352-392-5551 ext. 1109
Tours of the WUFT-TV and WUFT-
FM studios available throughout the
P.K. Yonge Developmental
Contact Dr. Lynda Hayes
352-392-1554 ext. 274
Live classroom observations available
Lunch and presentation on how
schools are implementing technology
in the classroom
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
SNOVIEMBER 2ND E
7:00 PH AT THE
BEN HILL GRIFFIN STADIUM
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Whether it's the orange and blue fireworks,
the endless supply of FSU jokes, or the
premier headline entertainment, Gator
alumni are sure to appreciate every
moment of the "Greatest Show on Turf."
Relive your college days with old classmates
at events like the Homecoming Parade,
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Don't Look Down
ALUMNUS HAROLD BEARD RECALLS THE HIGHS AND LOWS
OF BEING AN AMATEUR STEEPLEJACK AT UF.
By Harold Beard (BIE '56)
I went to the University of Florida
in 1953 on the GI Bill and lived in
Flavet I. We had a new baby, and
in order to meet expenses, I had a
dry cleaning route covering Flavet
I, II and III. That route helped, but
it was hard times and the cupboard
was often bare.
WRUF had three radio towers
of 260 feet and one of 410 feet.
A contract to replace all the bolts
(there were thousands) had been
awarded to my friend Ed Henry,
also a GI student, who worked
part time at the radio station. Un-
fortunately, he hit the high amp
ground wire and received a very
serious burn to his arm. He was
unable to continue and asked Art
Wood (BAGE '56), a friend I met
the first day of college, and me to
take the contract. Art was a World
War II and Korean War vet and
lived at Flavet III. He was in simi-
lar financial conditions as myself.
Ed subcontracted the job to us for
20 cents a bolt (I think he got 35
We started at the bottom and
worked up. After a few days, we
were high enough to start getting
shaky and scared. After 30-40 feet
we kept saying, "Well, it doesn't
matter if we were at 50 feet or 100
feet, anything above 20-30 feet
would kill us anyway." One day
we accidentally discovered that
instead of backing the nuts off the
rusty bolts, a slow process, we could
just tighten them and they would
pop. Hallelujah! This sped things
up fivefold. We also learned to
each take a double set of tools. We
would stay on the tower as long as
we could stand it, or until we had
dropped all the tools ... we weren't
about to climb down 100-200 feet
to retrieve them and climb back up.
Harold Beard's view from atop UF's radio towers would have looked something
like this in the 1950s.
We hitched our belts through
the tower at each level. You had
to lean back against the belt to get
enough leverage to pop the bolts.
Sometimes there would be a little
slack in the belt, which would sud-
denly let go when we were leaning
back with all our weight. Each time
that happened, we thought our
life had ended. Also, if clouds were
racing by overhead and you looked
up, you just knew that you and the
tower were falling and you'd hang
onto the tower with a death grip.
After the bolts were replaced,
we had to paint each one either
white or red. At first we hooked up
to paint the bolts at each section
then unhooked, moved down
a step, thread the belt through the
tower, hooked back up, a few quick
dabs of paint, then unhooked and
repeated the process at the next
level, etc. We soon decided that all
this hooking and unhooking was
more dangerous than just work-
ing unhooked ... we put a bucket
of red paint on one hip, bucket of
white on the other, and with mul-
tiple brushes, climbed to the top
and daubed paint with one hand
.ad held on with the other. It was
really a rerrilying experience.
W. e were about two thirds
through the contract when Ed
Henry got well enough to continue.
We figured we would soon be
through, but the day Ed came back
to work. Art and I (working togeth-
er on one tower) noticed that Ed
(on another tower) hadn't moved
WRUF had three radio towers in the
1950s. The two pictured here stood
to either side of the radio station,
which now houses the University
for a long time. We came down to
see what was going on and found
that Ed had almost fallen and now
was frozen to the tower. He finally
got down, but he never got back on
the tower again. Art and I finished
the contract, counting our money
all the way to the bank.
I believe we were making about
$100 a week, a huge sum for us.
I'm not sure I would have been able
to finish college if it hadn't been
for that job. However, to this day,
and as I write this, my hands are
clammy with cold sweat. It's hard
to believe that I could make myself
Harold Beardfounded a
consulting engineering business,
Wood, Beard & Associates,
in Fort Pierce with Art Wood.
Now retired, Beard lives in Creston,
N. C., with his wife, Susan. He says
he's still friends with Wood, who lives
nearby. He reports Ed Henry is a
retired electrical engineer and
lives near Orlando.
summer 2007 31
3 Gator Hometown Party in South Florida
4 Gator Hometown Party in Palm Beach
1 Gator Nation Tailgate (Gators vs. Western Kentucky)
7-9 Association of Black Alumni Weekend
8 Gator Nation Tailgate (Gators vs. Troy)
15 Gator Nation Tailgate (Gators vs. Tennessee)
22 Gator Nation Tailgate (Gators at Ole Miss)
28 Florida Tomorrow capital campaign kickoff celebration
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29 Gator Nation Tailgate (Gators vs. Auburn)
6 Gator Nation Tailgate (Gators at Louisiana State)
12 Midnight Madness
12-13 Family Weekend
20 Gator Nation Tailgate (Gators at Kentucky)
27 Florida-Georgia Pep Rally at the
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2 Homecoming Parade
3 Gator Nation Tailgate (Gators vs. Vanderbilt)
3 Homecoming Alumni Barbecue
10 Gator Nation Tailgate (Gators at South Carolina)
15-17 Grand Guard Weekend
17 Gator Nation Tailgate (Gators vs. Florida Atlantic)
24 Gator Nation Tailgate (Gators vs. Florida State)
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