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What Sorority Girls Do For Fun

They ride banisters backwards in their pedal pushers.

They ride banisters backwards in their pedal pushers.

They play a rousing game of Old Maid.

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Sometimes Linda plays a mad, mad guitar.

Sooners042Sue can rock an old piano whilst wearing a kerchief.

Sooners043But it isn’t always fun and games. Sometimes things go wrong, like having a flat tire.

Sooners039Or the TV stops working.

Sooners036And being slaves to fashion is hard work!

Sooner033But the most fun is a slumber party, with nightgowns and curlers in their hair.

SororitySleepYep, there’s no doubt about it. These gals know how to have a good time!

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Greeks Raise The Roof

I am as excited as the Saturday Night Live Target lady today! Not only did I procure another ancient history yearbook for my collection, but it cost ONE DOLLAH. Yippee!

SNL Target Lady
SNL Target Lady

 It was during this 1963-1964 school year that JFK was shot and killed. But honestly I don’t know if that was enough to make these Oklahoma Sooners put down their cups for one second. The fraternities and sororities sure knew how to party:

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I didn’t know “raise the roof” was a popular term fifty years ago, but these fun-loving Greeks were clearly raising it.

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And they partied like rock stars. Even Bo Diddley got in on the action.

Sooner018But partying can get out of control. I think Roger got a little too fresh with Jeanne…

Sooner019Pi Kappa Alpha partied like Royals at their Dream Girl Party. No red solo cups here.

Sooner020Old or young, it didn’t matter. DEKEs liked to have a good time.

Delta Kappa Epsilon
Delta Kappa Epsilon

Eileen could barely contain her excitement at the TGIF Party.

Alpha Epsilon Pi
Alpha Epsilon Pi

Linda screamed when a zebra-jacketed matador sat on her lap at the Bowery Ball

Sooner026These Delta Gamma gals showered Ned with Christmas cheer.

Sooner028Sigma Delta Tau knew their second amendment rights.

Sooner029And Zeta Tau Alpha wore their sunglasses at night. Too cool for school, you guys.

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Bienvenido A Miami, Part Tres

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First off, let’s give thanks to the hardworking yearbook photographers, who not only captured this great winter wonderland, but would have had to do serious bicep work to carry those old school cameras.

Remember that this was an era before Liquid Paper. Imagine all the retyping that had to be done.

workgettingdidThe editor proofs some copy, smoking what appears to be a redskin headdress feather, but may well be a blurry pipe.

Miami018And check out the fly neckties on these fellows.

staffCheers to the yearbook staff of the 1949 Recensio–may you all have your own blogs on WordPress, if you are still alive.

Bienvenido A Miami, Part Dos

H.S. Thobe psyching the crowd up.
H.S. Thobe psyching the crowd up.

Part of the university experience is college ball, and Miami University is no different. Here comes the marching band, flanked by costumed Redskins.

Miami011And just watch how excited the crowds look this Saturday morning! How about that Christmas sweater smack dab in the middle?

Miami010How could they possibly lose with these guys on their team?

Miami012Let’s don’t forget about the ladies, getting their lacrosse on.

Miami013But some prefer to stay indoors and bowl in the air conditioned bowl-o-rama.

Miami014And certainly don’t mess with the gals on the archery team. They’ll shoot your eye out.

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Bienvenido A Miami, Part Uno

When you think of Miami, you probably think of Miami, Florida. I do. Or the Will Smith song that speaks of the coastal city. You probably don’t think of Miami University in Ohio, of all places, where this picture was taken in 1949. Here is a portrait of dorm life–before cell phones, before TV, before rock ‘n’ roll–where women could look attractive in penny loafers and saddle oxfords instead of 5″ stiletto stripper heels.

Miami001I’d never even heard of Miami University, the 10th oldest public university in the United States. The university, which offered classes in 1824, existed long before Miami, Florida was incorporated as a city in 1896. And that’s one to grow on!

It means you just learned something.
It means you just learned something.

These fellas seem to be enjoying campus life as well. They didn’t need no stinkin’ Blu-Ray or mobile apps to be content.  Just a book and a lamp and some swanky robes. Miami002

At the time, the mascot was the Miami Redskins, but a politically correct climate necessitated a change to the Miami Redhawks. Lame.

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Back then, it was also cool to smoke, especially while sunbathing–or turning your skin red. Yes, I said it.

smokingNowadays, it’s inadvisable to start a family while in college. And who could afford it under this administration anyway? But in the post-war years, students were often married and raising families. And evidently living in ramshackle cabooses with picket fences built by unskilled laborers.

Miami004This next gathering is a group of gals in the “Outing Group.” It’s not what you think; they went on picnics and hikes together over frostbitten leaves. And apparently, they were keen on swastikas as well.

Miami005Perhaps after a long day of hiking and antisemitic rallies, the girls would hit the town. ( To be fair, swastikas meant “it is good” for years before the Nazi party used it. Let’s take it back, people!). Downtown Oxford, Ohio offered up restaurants as well as a movie theater.

Recensio49005The Miami-Western Theatre (oooh, the British spelling!) prided itself on being the only diversion in a “rather dull town.”

Miami007No worries if you spilled soda pop or melted Junior Mints on your glad rags at the cinema; you could just take them on down to Redskin Cleaners.

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They’ll clean your dirty cords.

Stay tuned for Part Dos!

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