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FIFTY YEARS OF THE HOUSTON FIELD HOUSE



Norman Zelvin 50 Eastchester, N.Y.

I remember the excitement of the first hockey game there. Ned Harkness had somehow managed to recruit (without athletic scholarships) some nifty Canadians and he also managed a few Americans with experience in prep schools and RPI made a good season of it. Ned was from the traditional heavy body contact school of play and it was not unusual to see streaks of red liquid on the ice. We had developed a few good cheers to encourage it too.

The novelty of having a hockey team in the area attracted many Capitol City area residents from the start and created a lot of previously untapped good-will locally.

I am not sure if my Class of June 1951 was the first or second class to hold its graduation in the Field House. But in June 1951 on an extremely hot, sunny day, it was Five Star General Omar Bradley whose small, high-pitched voice, a voice that played a big part in defeating Nazi Germany but was hard to hear in the un-airconditioned building, addressed us graduates. In fact, the temperature was so high many of us had stripped down under our gowns to almost nothing; in some cases nothing. I had special reason to sweat. I was three days AWOL from my draft induction facing the head of the U.S. Army.

Norman Zelvin 50 Eastchester, N.Y.

 

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