logo

ALLIGATOR-CONTENTS

 

“Deep Down In Florida”
Where The Sun Shines Damn Near Everyday
Muddy Waters Hard Again
((( Gainesville )))

sandy felsenthal


WRITERS/EDITORS
PHOTOGRAPHERS
alligator contents
page 1. (New Student Edition 1981)
florida history (1912-1983)

Vol 1. No.1 (The Golden Rule)
MUSIC (Gainesville 1973-1983)
GATOR GROWL (Homecoming)
HALLOWEEN BALL
CONVENIENCE Is In The Eye of the Beholder

PLAZA PREACHERS
THE MYSTERIOUS MURPHREE STONES
Mucozo and Juan Ortiz (Brothers From Another Florida Time)
Gargoyles Among Us (Ghosts of Florida’s past) >>>

“Gator On The Lawn”
Plaza of The Americas
Tom Petty Hard Promises
((( hometown boy )))

university of florida

1922University Auditorium
1925Plaza of The Americas
1953Century Tower 

Monday
April 28, 1980
Vol 73 No 121

sandy felsenthal

No Nukes is Good Nukes

It was a worried voice that called out through the biting rain over the loudspeakers for little Omo, a small 6-year-old boy, lost amid the towering monuments and crowded avenues of America’s capital city.

(story by Bob Block and Robert Bartalotta)

Many Alligator road trips were journalistically driven …
Anti-Vietnam
Tom Kennedy in D.C.  
Father Frank Gannon (married Tom Kennedy) St. Augustine church, on the corner, next door to the Old College Inn and the Alligator news room, at the back of the Inn, hallway of walk-in refrigerators, the last, just inside the back door, a plain, wooden door, with an “Alligator” bumper sticker stuck, not quite level to it.
Scott Camil

Wednesday
February 16, 1983
Vol. 73 No. 121

dave hogerty

Since its unveiling last November, the V-shaped memorial has had its critics. They took offense at the black wall sinking into the ground, while all the other American monuments stand virgin-white, and rise to the heavens.

But in the dead of a Washington winter, while the ivory towers disappear into the overcast sky, one monument has the strength and presence to survive. The names carved into the mirror-like, granite wall — the names of more than 57,000 Americans who died in Vietnam, break through the snowy-white scene, more noticed and more honored than any of the other monuments shivering on the Washington D.C. Mall on Constitution Avenue.

The List

When UF president Stephen C. O’Connell forbade Alligator editor Ron Sachs from publishing a list of abortion and womens health care providers, he threatened 19-year-old Sachs with arrest and prosecution for violating a Florida State law that made it criminal to disseminate any information about this one medical proceedure. Sachs argued that publishing the list was a public service, and that The Alligator had a First Amendment right to print it. (story)

Independence Day
February 1, 1973
The Florida Alligator vs. The University of Florida
The Alligator takes its rightful, scrutinizing, journalistic place in society. In Gainesville, on the UF campus, Alachua County, and all of Florida, especially the north.
Blue Key
Student Government
Tom Julin (Editor) Sunshine Law

Carl Hiaasen (Staff Writer)
Tom Kennedy (Staff Photographer)

Ed Barber (General Manager)
Jean Chance (UF journalism professor)
Jon Roosenraad (UF “Ethics of Journalism”)

“The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks”
Eagles 
The Long Run 
1979Hip-Hop Happens 
((( locals )))

dave hogerty

Free At Last

It took sixty years, but in 1971, editor Ron Sachs courageously defied the University of Florida’s long-standing, White-Christian authority, was arrested, prosecuted, and eventually won, the case against him, and The Florida Alligators long-awaited right to FREE SPEECH. The Florida Alligator “won” its First Amendment right to free speech. Two years later, the newspaper broke away from the university, was renamed The “Independent” Florida Alligator, and immediately took its journalistic place, aggressively and excellently covering Florida, Alachua County, Gainesville, and the University of Florida. Portrait by Sandy Felsenthal (top).

1981NEW STUDENT EDITION
College Life by Diane Julin

dave hogerty

100 THINGS TO DO IN GAINESVILLE

Tigert Hall
PRESIDENT ROBERT Q. MARSTON
Blue Key v. The Alligator
Student Govenment (Productions)
RUSH WEEK (Signing In, Joining The Club)
“The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks”
FOOTBALL ALMIGHTY 
STEVE SPURRIER’s CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS
Steve Spurrier (1965) Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow  (1990s)
‘CADILLAC’ CRIS COLLINSWORTH
MR. 2-BITS
ALBERT THE ALLIGATOR — The evolution of UF’s most popular mascot. Surgery, Disney’s Realistic Interpretation, until the more friendly, cartoony Albert (below) with Alligator photographers, Tom Burton?, Stan Badz, and Albert (no relation) Diaz.

stan badz

TUTOR’S PRIVLEDGE — Robin Fisher/Johnny Gaffney Steak & Eggs and soft serve ice cream under the stadium.
GATORADE (UF Professor Dr. Robert Cade)
TOM PETTY (HOMECOMING 1981)

GATOR GROWL — History, The World’s Largest Pep Rally, Music, UF and Florida A&M bands, Herbie Hancock, Bill Cosby (before he got caught) Changing of the Stand Up guard. Bob Hope (1979), George Burns (1980), Rodney Dangerfield (1981), Robin Williams (1982), Bob Hope (1983) Again? Eat Lead! “I’d Like to Fertilize Her Buds,” “Legalize It” (Peter Tosh) Stephen Wright, Jerry Seinfeld …
MUSIC  — The Police, Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Pat Benatar, Frank Zappa, The Cars, Elvis Costello, Al Di Meola, Tim Weisberg, Talking Heads (w/Bernie Worrell), Weather Report (w/Jaco Pastorius), Peter Tosh, Jimmy Buffett, Allman Brothers, Sea Level, Dixie Dregs, Cowboy, Fat Chance Band, Marshall Tucker Band, B.B. King, Roy Buchanan, Spyro Gyra, Little River Band, Plasmatics (w/Wendy O. Williams)

May 2, 1981 U2 @ The Rathskeller (story)

1981  Tom Petty, Gainesville’s Favorite Son had moved to Los Angeles and found Rock N Roll heaven with Damn The Torpedoes album. He and the Heartbreakers had been launched into a world of fame and fortune, and were as anxious about coming home to Gainesville to play the University of Florida’s Homecoming weekend.

Favorite Son, Father Earl, Mudcrutch, Lillian’s, Dubbs, Mudcrutch, Gator On The Lawn, Heartbreakers Beach Party, Depot Street, Crystal River, Casa Dega

MOVIES — American Graffiti, American Pop, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Animal House, FM, Fast Times At Ridgemont High …
HALLOWEEN BALL
The Plasmatics/Wendy O. Williams (by Bob Block)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (by Kevin Turley)
Halloween (Movie) Reitz Union
PLAZA PREACHERS
THE MYSTERIOUS MURPHREE STONES
Mucozo and Ortiz Florida’s first interracial couple
Ghosts of Florida’s past >>>
Century Tower
Plaza of the Americas
• UNIVERSITY AVENUE
• FLORIDA THEATER
Seagle Building
Clubs …
• DOWNTOWN
Lillian’s
Hippodrome

NEWS
SPACE SHUTTLE (Cape Canaveral)
MARIEL BOAT LIFT (Key West)
MIAMI RIOTS (Arthur McDuffie)
CONVENIENCE Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
GUNS
RACISM
Otto’s Green Acres
Pit Bulls
Fifth Ave.
On The Streets At 14

ROAD TRIPS
Orlando (Police at Disney World, Rolling Stones at Tangerine Bowl)
Jacksonville (Dire Straits. Vinny spends the night in jail)
Lakeland (Bruce Springsteen at the Lakeland Civic Center)
Payne’s Prarie (Ghoulish silhouettes dancing around a ritualistic Halloween bonfire) 
Micanopy (Madness, Gainesville Green)
Cross Creek (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Steve Z’s five acres))
Florida Natural History Museum
Warren Cavern
Lochloosa
Ocala National Forest
Silver Springs
Orlando (Police at Disney World)
St. Augustine
Crescent Beach
Cedar Key (Rosewood)
Ichetucknee (Fort White/High Springs)
Mayport Jazz Festival
Suwannee River Bluegrass Festival
Spring Break (Daytona Beach/Fort Lauderdale)
Cape Canaveral (Inaugural Space Shuttle/Columbia/MTV)
Sebastian Inlet (Surf/Robert Sanchez)

Miami (Mariel/Riots)
Key West (Jeff Cardenas)
New Orleans (Jay Gayoso)
Washington D.C. (Tom Kennedy/Sandy Felsenthal)
Kansas …

 

dave hogerty

Football, Almighty From the beginning, the game of football, and the University of Florida’s participation in it, commanded a Gator’s share of Florida Alligator space, time, and attention. Because UF president A.A. Murphree was a fan, he used The Alligator more as a public relations tool, often authoring front page stories, usually lauding UF’s professorial talent, its Christian values, and its athletic prowess, especially its football program.

 

University of Florida
1853  — East Florida Seminary (Ocala)
1861 — East Florida Seminary closes (Civil War)
1866 — East Florida Seminary reopens
1884 — Florida Agriculture College (Lake City)
1903 — THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
1905 — Buckman Act restructures higher education in Florida, bringing all six institutions together, as part of UF.
1924 — A number of white women are admitted
1958 — Integration
1985 — Association of  American Universities