Graduation season brings with it a wave of nostalgia from those long past “Pomp and Circumstance.” UGA alums can whet their hankerings for days gone by with The University of Georgia: Images and Recollections
, a handsome new coffee table book by Garon Hart. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Georgia Fund, although I’m sure the admissions office will get an in-kind boost from the images of sun-dappled lawns and warm brick buildings paired with alumni musings.
The alum recollections range from the profound (“Some football players formed a human chain in front of the library steps to block my entry. All I wanted to do was go inside and study, so I put my head down and charged toward them like the Bulldog I was supposed to be,” recalls Mary Frances Early, the first African-American to get a degree from UGA) to the predictable (“Dean Tate could kick you out of school for something as minor as a panty raid. And there was no appeal!” writes Frank “Sonny” Seiler, noted breeder/owner of the UGA mascots). I was touched by the story from Tom Johnson, former head of CNN, about meeting his future wife, Edwina, while running for class officer, and I laughed at the mental image conjured by this anecdote from Dominique Wilkins, ex Hawks star: “My teammate Terry Fair and I both missed the first bed check, so the next day, Coach Hugh Durham told us to run three miles. One problem: It was pouring down rain. He told us we had to take umbrellas, so there we were, the ‘big men on campus’ running through the pouring rain with umbrellas.”
For more on the book, see oldcollegepress.com