Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Raye Conrad, disc jockey!

This slide is part of a set of recruitment photos taken c.1950. The slide shows Frank Lane, Education, left, then an unidentified woman, Wayne Dedman, History; Ray Conrad, Education, at the record player; and Pauline Haynes, Music, right.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Original Ellsworth

This is the original painting of Ellsworth, from a photo in the 1963 Saga yearbook. The painting hung then in Lathrop, which at that time was the student union. The painting was lost somewhere along the way in subsequent years, and the one in Seymour today is a more recent version. Bob Bloxsom was the student artist who painted the original in 1956.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Name this machine!

Recently the archivist shared some photos of Greg Scarborough who was a physics professor here from 1958-89, with his son Mark. In one of the photos, from 1958, Professor Scarborough is in the lab, at a machine; can anyone ID the machine? We're pretty sure it isn't a roulette wheel ;-)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Brockport Beats Army!!!

The 1955 Brockport men's soccer team, coached by Huntley Parker, was a real force to be reckoned with. They beat Army at West Point and were the national champions that year. Here they are at West Point for that famous game!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Can you read this?

The question refers to the letter shown here. It is a scan of a letter Mary Jane Holmes, noted Brockport author of a century ago, wrote to a friend in 1884. The letter, as was the common practice then, was written in cursive penmanship. Nowadays many younger people do not learn cursive writing in school, and when confronted with a handwritten document like this are often at a loss to read it. The letter will be posted soon in the Mary Jane Holmes section of our Digital Commons; perhaps we should make a print transcription of it first!

Friday, August 21, 2015

First Winning Football Team

Football was played at the old Brockport Normal school as far back as the 1890s; Principal Charles McLean was the coach. The team played against some other schools, but there wasn't a formal program, no dedicated coaches, it was all rather casual by today's standards. After WWI football fell out of favor in many schools, due to controversy over injuries, and questions of "professionalism."

When WWII ended however it was decided to revive football, and Bob Boozer was hired as the coach. The first season was that of 1947. It takes time to grow a team, but in the fall of 1957 Brockport had its first winning football season, with a tally of 4-2-1. Shown here is halfback Bob Berg '58, who played on that winning team.

In 1987 Mike Andriatch, who was Sports Information Director then, organized a reunion of that team of '57.