30 September 2012

19 September 2012

Check Out This 1960 UC Student Newspaper Ad

Gosh frosh!

How'd you catch on so quick? Catch on to the fact that Coca-Cola is the hep drink on campus, I mean. Always drink it, you say? Well-- how about dropping over to the dorm and downing a sparkling Coke or two with the boys. The man who's for Coke is the man for us.

16 September 2012

From the Dept of Questionable Behavior...

...comes this Fountain Square visitor, whose visage I am mercifully showing from the back. Let's just say her front-- which was prominently showcased-- would readily elicit pop culture references about a certain desert-dwelling ungulate's phalanges.

That's not all. She had a friend. Her friend wore a white shirt with the words "WORKING CLASS HO" in bold black letters. And the two of them had a young girl with them, about 9 or 10 years old.

I have no idea what these two were thinking when they decided an afternoon of children's events on Fountain Square would be a good time for crotch flaunting and trashy fashion with child in tow, but nothing really surprises me anymore.

03 September 2012

Golden Gate Bridge Designed by UC Grad

I discovered this interesting factoid while skimming 50-yr old issues of UC's student newspaper, the News Record. Transcription below.

Thanks to the "Parent's Letter," the NR has learned that San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, the world's longest single-span bridge, contains a singular honor for UC.

The bridge was built by UC honor graduate Joseph B. Strauss. As an undergraduate, Strauss tried unsuccessfully to get on the football team. Handicapped by his five foot, 100 pound build, the future engineer was forced to forsake the single wing for the single span.

And, within twelve years of his graduation from UC, Strauss became internationally famous for his development of the trunion bascule bridge. 

Later, when he was chosen to construct the Golden Gate Bridge, he asked for and received a brick from the original building* of UC. He placed it on one of the anchorages of the structure. 

Now, somewhere along the four-fifths of a mile of steel and concrete is a small portion of UC. A tribute to a school from one of its distinguished alumni.

*According to Wikipedia, the "original building" was the demolished McMicken Hall, a brick of which Strauss put in the south anchorage of the bridge before concrete was poured.

Wikipedia also notes that Strauss prioritized worker protection and installed a safety net which saved 19 lives. Strauss died a year after the bridge was finished.