Early Gus revealed

Thanks for the great article about the genesis of “Gus.”  One of my favorite memories of Gus is Rick Woolfolk in a full-blown Gus costume, climbing down a rope from the second balcony to the main floor of the old science building during Apple Day festivities. Rick did an excellent impression of Gus Gorilla on this and many other occasions, some time between 1968 and 1970.

Rich Davis, BSED 1969, MS Counselor Education 1971


Gus and Dellinger Hall

In the fall of 1966, Dellinger Hall opened. In either 1968 or 1969, I served on the Dellinger Hall student senate that purchased the first Gorilla suit that would bring Gus to life. Several of the Dellinger Hall residents donned the costume. As far as I know, Gus appeared at all football and basketball games, parades, and many other activities. In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s the most famous and renowned resident of Dellinger Hall was none other than Gus the Gorilla!

Lloyd Evans, ‘72


Mother’s story

Molly Alford writes that when her mother, Freda Jean Elmore Weegar (Class of ’47) died in West Covina, Calif., last summer, a number of stories about her time on campus were shared at her eulogy. – the Editor

“It was because of her love of college that all of her children looked forward to attending college,” Alford wrote. “Here is one story that might make you smile.

During her senior year, Freda was president of her sorority (Alpha Sigma Alpha), and there was a spring dance scheduled for the end of the year. Freda, of course, was busy organizing the dance, and discovered that she was going to have a conflict between her French final and the time she had scheduled to decorate for the dance. When she told the French teacher about the conflict, the teacher told her that she had a choice to make. If she missed the final, she would flunk the class and not get her diploma. Freda thought about it and decided the dance was more important and missed the final. She was allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies so her parents didn’t know she hadn’t completed her degree. It wasn’t until years later that she made up the missing class and finished her degree. But she didn’t miss the dance.”

Molly Alford


Russ after fire

Students attended classes in tents on the Oval in the summer weeks after the Russ Hall fire in 1914. In the background is the newly constructed Whitesitt Hall.