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Gridiron Glory Brings Historical Football Films to Pregame Sept. 17

Gridiron Glory Film Showings
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011
Noon to 3 pm (continuous 20-minute loop)
Wilson Library
, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: (919) 962-3765 or

Great football moments from UNC’s past will be on view in the Wilson Special Collections Library Sept. 17, from noon to 3 p.m. A 20-minute film, Gridiron Glory, will run in a continuous loop during the University’s Tar Heel Town pregame festivities. The showings are free and open to the public.

The archival film clips in Gridiron Glory feature highlights from 13 UNC games played between 1934 and 1985. Woody Durham, who retired in April as the “Voice of the Tar Heels,” provides the narration. The film loop was first shown in 2010.

Among the highlights are:

  • UNC’s first game against #1-ranked Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium in 1949, with a brief appearance by an injured Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice (#22);
  • Justice passing, running, and kicking in the 1950 Cotton Bowl game against Rice University;
  • All-America #85 Bob Lacey in the 1963 UNC vs. University of Virginia game;
  • #20 “Famous Amos” Lawrence rushing against East Carolina in 1978.

Football programs, photographs, and memorabilia from the University Archives and North Carolina Collection will also be on display. A special feature will be materials from the collection of Jack Hilliard, UNC class of 1963, including pennants, tickets, bubble-gum cards, and sheet music for the song “All The Way Choo Choo.”

Gridiron Glory films are drawn from the University Archives in Wilson Library, where they are part of the records of the UNC Football Office. Most are original 16mm recordings and are badly in need of repair.

To learn more about the University Archives’ football collections and the efforts to preserve UNC’s football films, contact Jay Gaidmore, University Archivist, or (919) 962-6402.

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