University of Oklahoma - Sooner Yearbook (Norman, OK)

 - Class of 1975

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at way. The University itself offered a variety of night time ac- tivities in an effort to surround the pasttimes with an air of scholasticism. 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 orman Nightlife .,,..a- ,f A1 4' r-.Xf 1. gf .. ff'g,f!""'?fy" l in r - ' TL' I ' 4 -i+x.xrK1 E 'f ,, wc? -47" " 7 53'l'L37 gm? ' L'--3xk4x' R .rr-Q ,gfr-'v'4jv'!y,L - rqnk .. I.. -fm ,Ye ,K ABOVE: THE MEAN MACHINE is operated by George Davis and Jay Flaherty while passing the time at the Reef. LEFT: ENJOYING ICE CREAM are Sally Barry and Terry Maulding.

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v. 1 l . , 's iii' ' -.. 5 "'4' " I - W .""V- YT I ifffzitcmj 'Ri 5 "gg " I Yr n -vf 5 X N ' I im 5 I V, W 4, ini ' -A 4 ' I . . ' ' . - a 4 W fe A - I 'gk Y ZAf7lH college experience than some textbooks ever will. Oklahoma held the dubious distinction among its college counterparts as the number one frustrator of Alcoholics Anonymous. 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 athletes. . Winchesterfs, the newest addition to the bar-hopping circuit, attracted a quieter crowd to its small, cozy at- mosphere. ' 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 from studying. 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 ar. Of course drinking wasn't the only evening activity students engaged in, although it might have appeared that N GI-ITLIFE



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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 spots. 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 students. 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 it picturesque areas. 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 1 1 ' v ABOVE: DIGGING THE BEAT are Norman night owls. LEFT: A STROKE OF LUCK is needed to beat the house.

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