OLD FRIENDS MEET-Walter "Red" Barber, right,
is greeted at the airport by his old friend Major Garland
Powell, director of radio station WRUF where "-Barber
got his "start." Barber, who was among those cited for
meritorious service at the University of Florida's second
Centennial convocation this morning, is sports director of
CBS. He arrived on an Eastern Airlines flight this morn-
ing just before Ger T..i- A. Van Fleet, guest of.honor
at the University C nthnnial a'inre i6 on th.' "Sa.:r'Id
Cow." (Sun photo rE.di-ha Ds' i
Famed soldier UF Greeting Gener
Centennial guest first official act
The traditional duty of wel-
By SAM WARREN coming an important guest to
s A. V an f c a the city was the first official
General James A. Van Fleet, football coach and act of Gainesville new mayor-
teacher of military science at the University of Florida 20 commissioner, C. B. Bohannon
years ago, and recently retired commander of the Eighth Jr. :,
Army, came home today. Bohannon, elected unanimously
He is the guest of honor at the University's Cen- to the post by the incoming
tennial Celebration now in its second day. City Commission yesterday,:
Though around two hundred in joined other city and Universlty. '
number, it was no cheering crowd Barber, sports director of CBS, who of Florida officials in greetings';.
which greeted the general at also is a guest at the Centen- Gen. James A. Van Fleet at tUh *.
about 10 a.m. when he stepped nial. municipal airport this morning."'--
from the "Sacred Cow," former Due in at 9 a.m, and running The famed general of the
presidential plane. An almost rev- an hour late, the general and his Korean conflict arrived he
erent hush fell over the crowd of party left the airport in a motor- at 10 o'clock on the Sacre "
spectators, and in the greeting -Cow-once ex-President T
circle, town and University digni- (Continued on Page THRItEE) man's own official plane.
tries, old friends and a host of'
the players he coached in 1923 and -'''
1924 gave the general a warm,
affectionate welcome. General and
With Gen. Van Fleet were his '
wife, his daughter-in-law, wife of a n
James A. Van Fleet Jr., missing "-
in Korea; his grandson, J. A. Van
Fleet III; Lt. Col. and Mrs. E. T. g
McConnell; Lt. Col. and Mrs. J.
A. McChristian and their son, J. t -
A. McChristian Jr.; Senator S. L. General James A. Van Fleet, once -'e Robinson, Jo A. H.
Holland, Florida senator; Dr. R. guest of honor at the University of Murprnree of Gainesville, who ser.
T. Oliver; Lt. Col. James Mc- Florida Centennial, made his first ved as master of ceremonies, Al-
Namara; Maj. and Mrs. L. G. official appearance of the celebra- ton %. Towles of Quincy, C. H.
Matthews, Ocala, and Sgt. W. J. tion at the alumni barbecue lunch- "Clyde" Norton of Ft. Pierce, B.
Van Fleet's Statement eon this afternoon on the site ot C. "Cy" Williams of Alameda,
The big -easy going general, the old East Florida Seminary. Cal., Joe Merrin of Tama Ralph
who had barber in th, .ek been The members of the University Champlin of Philadelphiaj R. K..
unr.jo3iB4.a; "horm e.:..,r.,' in his football teams of 1923 and 1924 "Dick"Brown of Charlote, N. C.
h.:r. wi or Ear,... .,sued the coached by Van Fleet were guests of ,. .
,:,y.," sizmnrt of honor at the barbecue along with Jack Matthews of Trenton, Stew.
I arhappry i.n n.:ud to re- the graduates and former students art L. Pomeroy of Tampa, J. D.
7.rr, l" hm'.-.re i-r.. iity city of the Seminary. Sibert and Edgar Jones of Miami,
f G-inesu, a'here I .Drent so Robbie Robinson of Chicago, the W. A "Spic" Stanley and Law-
man, eFr.C:.asle year -' captain of the 1923 team, introduced rence Case of J ta ville, 0. W.
"Since arriving ir Bart.w. last the members of both teams and Pittman of Mia ar Sarra
Tuesday, I have beerni enjoying presented the general with a birth- of Jacksonville, sterhoudt
the renewed companionship of day gift of silver in behalf of the of Lae City, Ca' rice of West
my family and friends. For the team. Bach, Go Merrin of
first time in many months I have In a short talk to the hundreds tma,"L. W "Spec" Lightsey of
been relaxing, of alumni and guests gathered in Ft. Myers and J. S. (Red) Alexan-
"I wish to express my appreci- front of Epworth Hall next to the der of Bristol.
ation to my many friends from Methodist Church, the ex-coach re- The coaches in addition to Van
all parts of the country for their minisced of his days here and point- Fleet and Sebring were Dr. G. F.
most gracious wires and letters ed out the presence of Gen. Fred Webe and Cot Everett Yon of
bidding me good fortune in the Irving, who was superintendent o Gainebe andle. Rev Far ior of
future. I am still in the process West Point when Van Fleet took Gain,Ville. Rex Farrir of