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Swamp Thing
Lynyrd Skynyrd — GOING DOWN TO THE SWAMP.
((( “swamp music” )))

dave hogerty

Gator Power

Jubilant UF football fans tear down the south end zone goalpost after the Gators’ 35-3 shelling of Florida State’s Seminoles Saturday. Seconds after the seemingly impregnable goalpost came tumbling down — reportedly for the first time since 1961 — the Gator entourage was dispersed by an officially deployed smoke bomb.

kevin kolczynski (Bear Bryant)
dave hogerty (South Stand)
al diaz (Celebrating Charlie)
Student Government Productions (((video)))

Florida Field
Before the stadium expansion (demise), Florida Field’s south end zone was where mostly visiting team fans sat. Relegated to the old wooden bleachers, under a stand of a dozen, tall, thin Sabal palms. From there, 100 yards of well manicured, naturally green grass stretches toward an old school scoreboard at the north end, and Looking over everything was a tasteful, low-profile, open-air press box sitting atop the west side stands, on the 50 yard line.

Of course when it was decided to expand Florida Field, all that long-standing tradition was in the way. It had to go. The UF administration thought it better to replace the grass with maintenance-free, money-saving, artifical turf. Bulldozing the palms and bleachers in the South end zone made way for 20,000 more $100 seats, and replacing the press box with a 10-stories, including seven floors of luxury skyboxes. Just what the big-money “Bull Gator” boosters ordered.

 

“Gator Country”
How the University of Florida turned a beautiful, North Florida stadium, into an ostentatious, money-sucking Swamp.

Molly Hatchet — Jacksonville, Florida
((( “swamp theme” )))

dave hogerty

Last Stand

The view sucks, Mr. Two-Bits never comes to lift them out of their distant, bourbon and herb-crazed state of mind. Squeezed in the South endzone, between the east and west are 6,000 football fans. Mostly visitors, with the small number of local procrastinators who waited until the last minute to buy their season tickets. It’s a schizophrenic bunch who can’t decide whether to yell orange or blue when the ear-splitting cheer echoes back and forth across the rest of Florida Field. But these more-demented Gainesvillians are equally enthusiastic Gator fans. Die-hards, who show up every home game, sitting in the South Stand’s wooden bleachers, under a stand of a dozen tall and thin Sabal palms, screaming, cheering, smoking, and drinking their Gator-loving brains out.

CRIS COLLINSWORTH
“Time Loves A Hero”
Little Feat
((( king of the swamp )))

al diaz

Football Almighty

Alligator photographer Al Diaz not only captured the jubilant Gators carrying coach Charlie Pell off Florida Field. He also caught three of his Alligator teammates in the middle of the act. Bill Wax (bottom left); Kevin Kolczynski (left), holding his camera high; and Tom Burton (bottom right) crushed between the a screaming Gator and a Florida Highway Patrolman.

 

Kevin Kolczynski

Daddy’s Home 

Kevin Kolczynski’s photograph of UF’s Charlie Pell meeting with his mentor, legendary Alabama head coach Bear Bryant, after the Gators’ loss to the Crimson Tide in 1982. (Another photograph of photographers. McCawley, Kennedy? …

 

 

Gator Growl 

vol. 1 no. 1
IN THE BEGINNING (Vol.1 No.1)
florida history (1912-1983)
WELCOME TO GAINESVILLE
Much more than just another sleepy, little, North Florida town.
New Student Edition 1981
OPINION (Letters To The Editor)
CONVENIENCE (Is In The Eye of The Beholder)
100 THINGS TO DO (IN GAINESVILLE)
FOOTBALL ALMIGHTY
GATOR GROWL (HOMECOMING)
Gainesville Green (“I’d like to fertilize her buds”)
TOM PETTY (Coming Home)
MUSIC (The Sound of Higher Education)
HALLOWEEN BALL
PREACHERS (On The Green)
In The Beginning/Independence Day (Alt.)
Naked Launch (Pretty As A Florida Picture)
Diamond Teeth Mary (Singing With The Devil’s)
MOVIES (Pop Culture of The Day)

 

friday
october 24, 1980
volume 74 no. 25

dave hogerty

Last Stand

The view sucks, Mr. Two-Bits never comes to lift them out of their bourbon and herb-crazed state of mind. Torn between east and west are 6,000 procrastinators who waited until the last minute to buy season tickets. They’re a schizophrenic bunch who can’t decide whether to yell orange or blue when the ear-splitting cheer echoes across Florida Field. But these more-demented die-hards are there every home game screaming, smoking, and drinking their lungs, brains, and livers out.

Swamp Thing
Lynyrd Skynyrd — GOING DOWN TO THE SWAMP.
((( “swamp music” )))

 

Gator Growl 

Gator fans who waited until the last minute to buy season tickets, usually wound up sitting in Florida Field’s south end zone, with 6000 other, (mostly visiting) fans. Crowded in the old-school, wooden bleachers, under a stand of tall, thin, Sabal palms, far away from the 50-yard line madness.

In the first ten years of Alligator independence, the game, and business, of football was, as it has always been, a priority of the University of Florida administration. As such, the Alligator always paid a fair amount of attention to what is much more than a popular extra-curricular activity. It could be said that all of Gainesville and the University of Florida, revolves around the almighty football, God’s most important activity in what they call the Southeast Conference.

Florida Field is the Gators’ Coliseum of Grass. A well-groomed, naturally green stage, surrounded by a moss shrouded oaks, and a traditional, red-brick wall. Since its opening in 1930, Florida Field has stood large on the west end of UF’s campus, rising like a red-brick volcano, from which, on game days, roars erupt and spill onto campus, across University Avenue, and into the mostly deserted, nearby neighborhoods. Mostly deserted because the stadium was filled with more Gator (football) fans than populated the entire school and all of Gainesville.

 


introduction
page 1. (New Student Edition 1981)
florida history (1912-1983)

Vol 1. No.1 (Florida’s Golden Rule)
music (The Sound of Higher Education)

movies (Pop Culture of The Day)

FOOTBALL ALMIGHTY
TOM PETTY (Coming Home)
GATOR GROWL (Homecoming)
HALLOWEEN BALL
THE MYSTERIOUS MURPHREE STONES
Mucozo and Ortiz
(Gargoyles) Ghosts of Florida’s past >>>

Preachers On The Green
Convenience is in the Eye of the Beholder
Murphree’s Opening Message (alt.)
Naked Launch (Florida’s Prettiest Picture)
Diamond Teeth Mary (Singing With The Devil)

ALLIGATOR WRITERS/EDITORS
ALLIGATOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
 

 

 

 barbara hansen

Artificial Inteligence

When the university decided to replace Florida Field’s naturally green (?) grass, with a petroleum-based, toxic goo, it was thought that the change would save money. The grass was plastic, it never needed to be mowed. But they failed to imagine what would become of the artificial turf after sitting under a blazing-hot, blindingly bright, gator-warming sun. IT MELTS. What the UF Bull Gators learned the hard way. UF saved the money, but lost an unusually high number of players to their injuring their knees because of the surface being slippery. In 1979, the university changed its mind again, admitted its mistake, and paid to tear out the goo, and make Florida Field naturally green again.

CRIS COLLINSWORTH
“Time Loves A Hero”
friday
october 24, 1980
volume 74 no. 25