1950s & 1940s
"My Carolina is the greatest."
- Tom Huggins, '59
"My Carolina is living on The Horseshoe, eating every day at Cogburns for 85 cents (steak, salad, fries, pepsi and that wonderful buttered toast), studying all night, Horizonal labs in afternoon, and attending all Gamecock football and basketball games. My best experience is marrying a Carolina graduate and having two daughters and two son-in-laws graduating from Carolina. Our family blood is pure garnet. Go Cocks!"
- Buddy Gault, '58 Pharmacy
"My Carolina is after the Korean War being able to attend USC on the GI Bill and attending classes for three years straight to graduate. It was an opportunity I will never forget. Before the war I had little chance of ever attending college. To make my Carolina experience more special was being invited to become an adjunct professor in the School of Journalism in the 1960s and interacting with students during those years of huge changes in our society."
- William F. Watson,'58 Journalism
"My Carolina is a T-Bone and fries at Cogburns, a walk around the Horseshoe, pretty girls, class rooms, football games and meeting my bride of 52 years."
- Joe B. Bell, 57 Marketing
"My Carolina is the Law School in Petigru on Green Street, with the coeds coming by from Sims dormitory on the way to the post office. But most especially, it's the tremendous leader at the South Carolina Bar who I got to know well at MY Carolina."
-Brantley Harvey, '55 Law
"My Carolina is a place of pride and friendship where people care about each other and create lasting memories."
- Daniel Donovan, '54
"My Carolina is walking from Preston Dorm to Cogburns Grill on Sumter St. for a $0.59 steak, visiting the Farmers Market on Assembly Street the day before the BIG THURSDAY GAME, shopping for spoiled cabbage & fruit to throw at the Clemson cars traveling down Green St., and attending the Big Thursday Game with my date, each dressed in best Sunday clothes, including hat and gloves."
- David Nix, '51
"My Carolina is an amalgam of good friends, good times, and professors who demanded academic excellence and inspired intellectual and cultural curiosity. They broadened my mind and enriched my life. I am so grateful."
- Marilyn McCoy Walther, '51
"My Carolina is Gamecock sports, fraternity brothers, a great education, alumni friends, and most important, the place I found a wife."
- Don Barton, '49
"My Carolina is Dr. Babcocks' 'I Want A Word', Sims Dorm, Wade Hampton cafeteria, Song Fest, Powder Puff Derby with the KD Drill Team, and special, lifelong friends!"
- Trudie Leonard Crigler, '48
"My Carolina is sitting in Drayton Hall in my earliest days on campus and hearing President Rion McKissick address us as “Men and Women of Carolina” and I stood a bit taller. My Carolina is the view of the Horseshoe in spring as seen from my practice room tucked under the stairs at Rutledge which housed the Music Department-not yet a school of music. It is the climb to the third floor for a piano lesson with “The Professor”- Hugh P. Williamson. Both he and his wife Evelyn were splendid teachers, role models and mentors to their students. My Carolina is the wonderful cacophony of sounds that emanated from those un-soundproofed practice rooms. My Carolina was being there on VE day and taking a turn at ringing the old chapel bell that had been silent during the war. My Carolina is the wonderful friendships made and kept through the years. It is my sheer love of the place and its people and gratitude for what it gave me. My Carolina is the joy of once more being associated with USC through The Friends of the School of Music and being in some small measure able to give back to her some of what she gave me. My Carolina is the tears that mist my eyes when I raise my glass-imaginary or otherwise- and sing; “Here’s a health Carolina, forever to thee."
- Betty-Ann Darby, '46