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Many of these trivia items are obscure, but others are questions that audience members might know. Consider bringing a few small prizes that can be given to audience members who get a correct answer.
Erna Phillips, class of 1923. She is also credited with creating "Guiding Light," "As the World Turns," and others!
Eleanor Roosevelt, on February 8, 1942, one year after it opened.
Nathan C. Ricker was awarded the first degree in architecture in 1873. Just five years later, Mary L. Page became the first woman to graduate with an architecture degree in the country.
Rah! Hoo-rah! Zip, boom, ah! Hip-zoo! Razoo! Jimmy, blow Your bazoo! Ipzidyiki, U of I! Champaign!
(Quoting the Detroit Free Press, March 8, 2007) -- "March Madness" was coined to describe an Illinois high school basketball tournament. The annual tournament sponsored by the Illinois High School Association grew from a small invitational affair in 1908 to a statewide boys competition among more than 900 schools by the late 1930s. A field of teams known as the Sweet Sixteen routinely drew sellout crowds to the U. of I.'s Huff Gymnasium. Henry V. Porter, assistant executive secretary of the association, was so impressed by the phenomenon that he wrote an essay to commemorate it. Titled "March Madness," it appeared in the Illinois Interscholastic, the association's magazine, in 1939. The term struck a chord with newspapers. Now everyone uses it for the national collegiate basketball tournament.
The Assembly Hall, which was one of the first - and the largest - domed-roof structures in America designed without supports to hold up its roof.
They were afraid that the roof might cave in!
The audience for the October 22, 1976, Elvis Presley concert. (They did not clap quietly.)
It was originally named Dry Street. There was both a High Street and a Dry Street in Urbana probably a nod to the fact that Champaign-Urbana was built on a swamp!). High Street retains the original name.
Roger Adams was related to former presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
John Philip Sousa, who was the composer of "Stars and Stripes Forever." (The University of Illinois is home to the world's largest collection of Sousa scores and instruments.)
The Anti-Lipstick Society, created by men who were against women students wearing excessive amounts of lipstick.
"Kiss-O-Meter" demonstrations! (We have no idea what the "Kiss-O-Meter" might have been!)
Jonas Salk was using rhesus monkeys shipped from India as kidney cell donors for the testing and development of his vaccine, but the animals were so malnourished that they arrived debilitated. Salk asked Ralston Purina to develop a monkey chow that could be shipped to India to feed the monkeys and to provide healthy animals for the vaccine tests. Corbin was a young scientist who had only been with Ralston Purina six months at that time, but he and a colleague developed a product that helped the Indian monkeys thrive. The next group of monkeys that Salk received arrived in excellent condition.
Yes, he did. He graduated in 1949. He majored in psychology and double-minored in creative writing and art. He claims that some of the ideas for his magazine came while he was a student here.
John Milton Gregory, the University of Illinois's first president, is buried north of Altgeld Hall. A commemorative marker to the south of that building says, "If you seek his monument, look around you."
Over one thousand, including the Compulsive Lyres, the Hoof and Horn Club, the Intercollegiate Meats Judging Team, the Rodeo Club, the Sherlock Holmes Society, the Underwater Hockey Club, Falling Illini Skydiving, and the Yo-Yo Club.
Six: Dick Butkus, Red Grange, George Halas, Bobby Mitchell, Ray Nitschke, and "Shorty" Ray.
The College of Agriculture had a very slow start. Only six students were registered in the College in 1889, seven in 1890, eight in 1891, and thirteen in 1892. Between 1889 and 1892, only three students received degrees in agriculture. Today the college of ACES grants more than five hundred degrees each year.
In the 1880s many students "did their laundry" by mailing it home.
REO Speedwagon formed here in 1970.