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Tar Heels vs. Cavaliers . . . In the Archives


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Gridiron Glory Film Showings
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wilson Special Collections Library
, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

Free and open to the public
Information: (919) 962-3765 or

An encore showing of Gridiron Glory will bring great football moments from UNC’s past to the Wilson Special Collections Library during pre-game festivities Nov. 9. The 20-minute film will run in a continuous loop from 9:30 a.m. until kickoff at 12:30 p.m.

On view with the film will be materials from the collection of Jack Hilliard, UNC class of 1963, including pennants, ticket stubs, bubble-gum cards, and sheet music for the song “All The Way Choo Choo” about UNC great Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice.

The film showings and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Gridiron Glory features highlights from 13 UNC games played between 1934 and 1985. Woody Durham, who retired in 2011 as the “Voice of the Tar Heels,” provides the narration.

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-American #85 Bob Lacey in the 1963 UNC vs. University of Virginia game;
  • #20 “Famous Amos” Lawrence rushing against East Carolina in 1978.

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 Lawrence Giffin, Records Services Archivist, or (919) 962-6402.

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