Old Timers Thread

#76
You need to be on the super old farts list, REO! I only remember Timpones from Neil and Green. Miss it for sure.
I don't know if students today realize what a truly great "community" and bar scene there was back in the day. Illinois bars were a big draw for students and young people in general from not only other state schools but out of state as well. I met girls in Dooleys from all over the place. Visisted campus last fall and it seems pretty sterile by comparison.
 
#77
The first Illlini game I can remember attending was in (gulp!) 1952. Tommy O'Connell's passing destroyed Washington, 48-14.
 
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#80
Castle Pines, Colorado
Born in Carrollton, IL but relocated to C-U when Dad took a prof job in 1965. Both parents (Mom - BA, MA and Dad- BA through PhD), both sisters and I all proud Illini. Grew up in Urbana and remember many of the haunts mentioned here -- some before my being able to get in and some that I frequented quite often. The two primary bar-owner families back then, IIRC, were the Katsinas (Boni's, Dooley's and namesake restaurant on Neil) and the Cochranes (Cochrane's, Round Robin, ultimately CODs, The Office and the New Red Lion), the latter of which still own and operate bars today. Ray Timpone owned the Thunderbird, I believe, and their named restaurant along with the Jolly Roger ("hidden in downtown Urbana"). My favorite memory of the T-Bird was being there as an under-aged high schooler watching on what was by far the biggest live screen I had ever seen as Leon Spinks beat Muhammad Ali in a split decision for the undisputed heavyweight championship. We used to go to T-Bird about 6pm because, once you were in, you were in and the bouncers didn't start working until a little later.
 
#81
Who remembers bucket nights? T Bird and Boni's I believe, maybe others. I still have one of the tin buckets. You could get refills very cheap but had to drink it fast to make sure the beer was still cold. That was never a problem.
My frosh year (fall of 76) Green Street between Wright and 6th was closed down one night during new student week with live bands and everyone wandering around with drinks. Every bar had a personality and were different from each other.
 
#82
I'm so old I remember that Butkus was a center, too. In fact, I think he was All-America at center, not linebacker. And his number was 50, not 51

A member of the Illini in the early 50s told me players had to play both ways; and if they left the game, they were out. Was that so?

Please enlighten/correct me.

I've also read that Butkus wanted to go to Notre Dame, but he wanted to get married too and that was against ND rules. True?
 
#83
Butkus68, Your right about super old farts... Timpones had a barber shop and bar on Neil. A buddy of mine lived in an apartment above that bar and Ray Nietschske (sp) after a few beers ,threw him through a wall !!!!! Ray against Wisconsin carried the ball into the line, lost two teeth and when he came back to the huddle demanded the ball again. He was a bad !!! at Illiniois . I saw him knock three guys down in front of Kam's with two punches (back handed the two on the outside and knocked the guy in the middle with a straight right to the mouth. Like a movie..... After he married a Green Bay girl with kids and his Packer days he changed completely became a great guy. Died in Naples, Florida about 15/20 years ago. His speeches to the Pro Allstars at induction were classic and talked about to this day
 
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#84
Oleleahy Right on almost all counts Only thing is once you came out you could not return, not sure about that.
Another rule later in the Big 10 only was if your parents could afford tuition you did not qualify for university funding. This was one of the major reasons the Big 10 dropped being lhe best football conference in the country and the popularity of the Big 12. which before that was nothing....
 
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Butkus68, Your right about super old farts... Timpones had a barber shop and bar on Neil. A buddy of mine lived in an apartment above that bar and Ray Nietschske (sp) after a few beers ,threw him through a wall !!!!! Ray against Wisconsin carried the ball into the line, lost two teeth and when he came back to the huddle demanded the ball again. He was a bad !!! at Illiniois . I saw him knock three guys down in front of Kam's with two punches (back handed the two on the outside and knocked the guy in the middle with a straight right to the mouth. Like a movie..... After he married a Green Bay girl with kids and his Packer days he changed completely became a great guy. Died in Naples, Florida about 15/20 years ago. His speeches to the Pro Allstars at induction were classic and talked about to this day
What did your buddy do to get thrown through a wall by Ray Nitschke?
 
#86
In those days Ray did not need a reason..... Also, if you had a good looking lady at the Saturday VFW dance and Ray was around,be careful.............

One last thing about early Ray, He was raised by his Mother, tough home life. While at Proviso West, Ray was also a quarterback, a buddy on that team said he could throw a football almost 100 yards !!!!!! Ray played Fulback on offence and linebacker on defence for Illinois
 
#88
In those days Ray did not need a reason..... Also, if you had a good looking lady at the Saturday VFW dance and Ray was around,be careful.............

One last thing about early Ray, He was raised by his Mother, tough home life. While at Proviso West, Ray was also a quarterback, a buddy on that team said he could throw a football almost 100 yards !!!!!! Ray played Fulback on offence and linebacker on defence for Illinois
Thanks. Scariest human being I've ever seen. I would have, and so many others, gotten out out of his way. Too bad he was a Packer and not a Bear.
 
#90
Class of 1975. Also grew up in the area. What was across the street from 2nd Chance? A few more: Dan Fogelberg at the Red Herring. Various acts at Panama Reds. Also, the tavern with cheap beer on tap that served codfish sandwiches on friday? The bar over by discount records that served watered down beer if you had a student ID?

My best football memory was Dad's Day September 22, 1990 with my oldest daughter, when Howard Griffith had a big day against SIU. Best basketball memory is with my parents on December 4 1964 at the building then known as the Assembly Hall.
AH, Panama Reds........kinda fuzzy...hahahha...I think I was there...HAHAHAH...Guess we'll head over to SPACEPORT and play Pac Man.
 
#92
In those days Ray did not need a reason..... Also, if you had a good looking lady at the Saturday VFW dance and Ray was around,be careful.............

One last thing about early Ray, He was raised by his Mother, tough home life. While at Proviso West, Ray was also a quarterback, a buddy on that team said he could throw a football almost 100 yards !!!!!! Ray played Fulback on offence and linebacker on defence for Illinois
Butkus filled in at Center when we needed a yard or two for a first down or touchdown. The regular center was later killed in Nam........
Nam changed a lot, including Dick’s perspective on life.[/QUOTE]
 
#93
Castle Pines, Colorado
Where was Panama Reds and when did it close?
Opened in the late 70s and I am not sure when it closed, maybe late 80s or early 90s? It was on the southside of Green Street, sort of wedged between First Street to the east and the railroad viaduct on the west side. Great place to see live country/rock bands of that late-70s to late-80s era. Saw Pork and the Ducks many times there along with Appaloosa. They'd get some national acts but mostly local/regional fare.
 
#95
Sorry for not remembering Bruce Capel. A wonderful person and a very good player. We had some terrific players in the late 50's One, who you do not hear much about was Bobby Mitchell, a truly great running back who played for the Washington Redskins and was All Pro numerus years. One of our teams that just missed the Rosebowl placed 12 guys in Pros that year. A field goal attempt against Prudue hit the lower bar and bounced backword. Caused us a loss and a trip to California. Sound familiar Bear fans ???????
 
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#96
Speak for yourself, I'm 59, dammit!!! (Class of '81)
Good point, I sat out a year after having a kid, so '81 became my senior year. Thankfully since it was a really fun basketball season and marked the beginning of Illinois being a force once again in hoops. I was also at the 0-0 tie with Northwestern, as well as Bear Bryant's last game in the Liberty Bowl.
 
#99
How do I make this post make sense as far as all things retro-Illini are concerned? I can't. But I'll try.

The common denominator is Orange and Blue. Richie Pettitbon was Tulane, but he was Halas Orange and Blue. And now his grandson has transferred to Illinois.

Remember that frigid, but sunny, NFL championship in 1963 at Wrigley Field? Poor Y.A.! Grampa Richie intercepted to seal the victory for the Monsters.

It's great to have a Petitbon or two at Illinois. I wonder if Grampa has had anything to do with it.
 
How do I make this post make sense as far as all things retro-Illini are concerned? I can't. But I'll try.

The common denominator is Orange and Blue. Richie Pettitbon was Tulane, but he was Halas Orange and Blue. And now his grandson has transferred to Illinois.

Remember that frigid, but sunny, NFL championship in 1963 at Wrigley Field? Poor Y.A.! Grampa Richie intercepted to seal the victory for the Monsters.

It's great to have a Petitbon or two at Illinois. I wonder if Grampa has had anything to do with it.
Somebody made a similar point in the recruiting thread. It is nice to see legacy recruiting, although we have correctly expanded our horizons due to Lovie. But we actually do have a history to sell. Josh gets that, even if he isn’t yet an old fart.
 
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