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The University itself offered a variety of night time ac-
tivities in an effort to surround the pasttimes with an air of
Bizzell Memorial Library was open until midnight for any
last minute research papers, finals' cramming, browsing, or
sleeping that needed to be caught up on.
Then there were the numerous speakers the school
sponsored ranging from debates between state politicians
to lengthy lectures on the sex life of the whooping crane.
Functions announced in the Oklahoma DaiIy's campus
notes provided entertainment such as foreign language
films, Rupel Jones Theatre drama productions, University
Symphony Orchestra concerts, and those fabulous Dale
Hall movies where one could catch up on the current
cinema scene for a mere dollar.
After the flicks, barhopping, or whatever, midnight's
everlastin' munchies hit with the predictability of a
hangover the morning after the night before.
As beer ranked as the traditional thirst-quencher for
college students, pizza topped the food charts as the
number one supplement to the suds.
There was a ration of five pizza parlors for every single bar
in Norman, or so it seemed. The city was virtually saturated
with Italian diners. A drive down Lindsey Street left the
impression of New York City's Little Italy. Heck, the pizza
parlors even outnumbered the gas stations.
The Sonic Drive-In deserved mention, too, for its
pacifying effects on home-sick freshmen. The first year of
college life involved quite an adjustment, especially for
those from a small town.
For years now Norman's Sonic has served as a comfort
to lonely and depressed freshmen. The new student could
put on his letter jacket or her old cheerleader's outfit and
cruise through the drive-in to bring back soothing
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CREAM are Sally Barry and Terry Maulding.
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college experience than some textbooks ever will.
Oklahoma held the dubious distinction among its college
counterparts as the number one frustrator of Alcoholics
Granted, Norman night life wasn't any Las Vegas strip or
New Orleans' Bourbon Street. We made the best of what
we had, though. 0
Every OU student had his or her favorite watering hole.
Some had two, or three or four, or the dedicated
Sooners could care less where they were drinking just as
long as the tap kept running.
Thursday was paint-the-town night. It really didn't matter
where the celebration of the upcoming weekend was held.
Across The Street offered Trivia night where free beers
were foamed out for correct answers to bizarre questions.
The Gray Fox manned two bars for madhouse Thursday
night and weekend bashes while the Jockey Strap was a
favorite hangout for pool and foosball enthusiasts.
One could have seen the OU jocks at their best at
O'Connells' Irish Pub. On crowded nights a Sooner front
line was kept busy opening holes to the bar for some fellow
Winchesterfs, the newest addition to the bar-hopping
circuit, attracted a quieter crowd to its small, cozy at-
' The Blue Onion continued to be Norman's official "night
club" with live music for dancing. A visit to the Onion
usually included borrowing a fake I.D. to get in and then
drowning to tolerate the overcrowded conditions on the
tiny dance floor.
Thursday night officially kicked off the weekend, but a
number of bars offered the traditional happy hours or
drown nights early in the week that coaxed students away
Donovan's, for example, had a special night of the week
that forced students to decide between doing homework or
getting shipwrecked at the Reef. By mid-semester the OU
faculty was ready to erect a lighthouse on Classen to cut
ldown on the number of nightly "wrecks" at the popular
Of course drinking wasn't the only evening activity
students engaged in, although it might have appeared that
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memories of last year's high school days.
Naturally there were the typical eating places located in
any city ranging from MacDonalds' to Taco Bell. What
made Norman's restaurant business unique, though, and
set it apart from other towns was a couple of its late night
When the word pizza was mentioned, the first place
people thought of was Orin's. His popularity and fame
resulted from the phantom photos or mug shots he took of
people who visited his parlor. The pictures were run in the
Oklahoma Daily with captions testifying to L'Why I like
Orin's Fine Pizza."
Located on Campus Corner, two doors down from the
Jockey Strap Saloon, Orin's pizza parlor was just a short
crawl or a few staggering steps away for wasted Sooner
The classiest joint in town, though, that had the most
talked about food around was Denco's Cafe, famous for
the Denco Darlin'.
lt was situated on Main Street in one of Norman's more
The abandoned city bus station across the street and the
passing trains riding the nearby rails added to the tiny little
diner's reknowned atmosphere.
A night at some town taverns, combined with certain
food must have given the Alka Seltzer people the idea for
that precious little stomach tablet. What could you expect
after drinking and eating food with enough grease to do a
lube job on a Sherman tank? Those still slightly tipsy, tried
to eat their food before it crawled off the plate.
Everyone then, had his or her personal stomping
grounds and patronized their favorite hangouts with
thoughts of good times in mind.
These may turn out to be the best years of our lives. At
times exams, research papers, and the daily grind of classes
plagued our thoughts and often blinded us to this simple
fact--at least until the weekend.
"You only live once, but if you make it right, once is
enough." H.G. Wells.
"you only live once, but if you
make it right, once is enough." H.G. Wells
ABOVE: DIGGING THE BEAT are Norman night owls. LEFT: A
STROKE OF LUCK is needed to beat the house.
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