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Memory Lane: Let Us Commence

They were the sons of country doctors and farmers, merchants and mechanics, blacksmiths and railroad workers. Some would follow in their fathers’ footsteps, returning to the farm, to the machine shop, to the family...

Memory Lane: Dance Till You Drop

“‘Dance, dance, dance! I have an ache I can’t fake and a pain I can’t explain!’ That was something we shouted all weekend that first year,” recalls Dr. Wayne Goldstein, ’74 LAS. The time...

Baptism by fire

The train from Champaign lumbered through the black Illinois night, just past the witching hour, en route to a city on fire. Nineteen-year-old Dillon Brown, Class of 1875, sat in his seat, smelling the...

Six Generations

This past May, 9,200 students graduated from the U of I, joining a network of nearly 500,000 alumni around the world. One of those graduates, Mariah Jean Guyot, FAA ’21, was already part of...

Quad Day

Quad Day. When you read those words, what comes to mind? A sea of people stretched from Altgeld to the Auditorium, browsing tables and booths? A rock band on an outdoor stage, the Quad’s buildings...

Memory Lane: Matinee Idol

In the 1950s, two decades after the end of his legendary football career with Illinois and the Chicago Bears (1923–34), Harold “Red” Grange was still an icon for kids all across America. But not...