Old Timers Thread

#101      
Castle Pines, Colorado
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.

I was at those last two games, too. Been to a few I wish I could forget and those are right near the top. Although I'd been going to Illini games for at least eight or nine years by the fall of 1978, that was opening day of my freshman year as a real UI student. Hot and awful. And while it was cool to be at the Bear's last hurrah, seeing Eason go down three times, Kris Jenner come in for him three times and Jeremiah Castille intercepting him three times was more than I cared to see.
 
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How do we revive this thread? I just love reading these past posts.

Maybe a little trivia: re: Halas Orange and Blue connection, 1963 NFL Championship game.

What does Y.A. as in Tittle stand for and what school did he play for?

I watched a documentary about the Eastland disaster of 1915? in Chicago. Papa Bear was supposed to be a passenger but was running late or something and missed the boat.

I didn't attend Illinois, but daddy did. Still, in 1964 living in St. Louis I found and bought a navy blue ILLINOIS sweatshirt at a sporting goods store. Wore it proudly to counter Missouri Tigers nonsense. Boy, I was a pariah for a while but managed to be elected 8th grade treasurer! Me and money? Benighted voters way back then as now. Kidding.

Anybody home?
 
#103      
How do we revive this thread? I just love reading these past posts.

Maybe a little trivia: re: Halas Orange and Blue connection, 1963 NFL Championship game.

What does Y.A. as in Tittle stand for and what school did he play for?

I watched a documentary about the Eastland disaster of 1915? in Chicago. Papa Bear was supposed to be a passenger but was running late or something and missed the boat.

I didn't attend Illinois, but daddy did. Still, in 1964 living in St. Louis I found and bought a navy blue ILLINOIS sweatshirt at a sporting goods store. Wore it proudly to counter Missouri Tigers nonsense. Boy, I was a pariah for a while but managed to be elected 8th grade treasurer! Me and money? Benighted voters way back then as now. Kidding.

Anybody home?
I’m your Huckleberry.
 
#104      
How do we revive this thread? I just love reading these past posts.

Maybe a little trivia: re: Halas Orange and Blue connection, 1963 NFL Championship game.

What does Y.A. as in Tittle stand for and what school did he play for?

I watched a documentary about the Eastland disaster of 1915? in Chicago. Papa Bear was supposed to be a passenger but was running late or something and missed the boat.

I didn't attend Illinois, but daddy did. Still, in 1964 living in St. Louis I found and bought a navy blue ILLINOIS sweatshirt at a sporting goods store. Wore it proudly to counter Missouri Tigers nonsense. Boy, I was a pariah for a while but managed to be elected 8th grade treasurer! Me and money? Benighted voters way back then as now. Kidding.

Anybody home?
Yelverton Abraham(and I didn't look it up)
 
#107      
This thread deserves to be revived.

I was a freshman in ‘66, so I missed the Butkus era but was there for the slush fund death spiral. Attended every game during my four years. My girlfriend and I attended every game in Block I in ‘68 and ‘69. We lost every game and badly in ‘69, but we stuck around to the bitter end every Saturday.

It just occurred to me, she hasn’t left early with me either. And now both retired, we have our first season tickets since ‘69 and have started the 850-mile (one way) drive to Memorial Stadium for games, vacationing locally between back-to-back home games.

You know you’re old, however, when you watch a video of “iconic buildings” on campus and you don’t recognize half of them. But by the time I arrived, the Assembly Hall was brand new and Alma had just been moved to Wright and Green (where I thought she had always been). Treno’s was our hangout, and we didn’t go to that mixer in one of the PAR basement lounges because REO Speedwagon was playing and we literally wouldn’t cross the street from FAR to see them.

I can’t hear Gimme Some Lovin’ without thinking of Chances R, and Bottle of Wine and Hey Jude always make me think Treno’s.

By the way, I know where the name of Treno’s comes from…
 
#109      
Rockford, Illinois
Loved Treno's, spent a lot of time there (mainly from '77-79). Spill, please.
My freshman year, ‘70, I had a Rhet 108 class (with 14 James Scholars and me -I wasn’t one). The very liberal professor told us the first day that the class would be held in Treno‘s for the rest of the semester. The smell in there at ten o’clock on Tuesday and Thursday mornings was bad enough to make one puke. Ahhhh the memories…
 
#110      
Connecticut
I started in 1979. My first semester was the last semester of age 18 legal drinking in Champaign - good time to be an Illini. I was in PAR so T-Birds was the first bar I went to (and continued to frequent for a few years). Won a team chugging contest there (it was more of a marathon than a sprint). A friend of mine bartended there later, so we'd visit for free refills.

One of my older brothers was an NU grad so we went to the games at Memorial Stadium in 1980 and 1982. I recall our seats were always in the last few rows in the East side second deck - lots of sun. We clobbered them both times. 1980 game was Mike White's opener. Good time to be an Illini.
 
#111      
My freshman year, ‘70, I had a Rhet 108 class (with 14 James Scholars and me -I wasn’t one). The very liberal professor told us the first day that the class would be held in Treno‘s for the rest of the semester. The smell in there at ten o’clock on Tuesday and Thursday mornings was bad enough to make one puke. Ahhhh the memories…
Ha, I had a Spanish 102 class (1978) that the TA teaching decided every conversation day would be held at Treno's with the students taking turns buying pitchers of beer. The conversation flowed right along with the beer.
 
#112      
My freshman year, ‘70, I had a Rhet 108 class (with 14 James Scholars and me -I wasn’t one). The very liberal professor told us the first day that the class would be held in Treno‘s for the rest of the semester. The smell in there at ten o’clock on Tuesday and Thursday mornings was bad enough to make one puke. Ahhhh the memories…
Cool story, but what about the origin of the name?
 
#114      
time to hop on the wife
Trenos?! I got awfully drunk there, underage, many times. It was a special place with that tri-level seating area in the back, the graffiti in the bathrooms, those big wooden booths along the north wall, the cheese fries. Loved it.
 

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#115      
This thread deserves to be revived.

I was a freshman in ‘66, so I missed the Butkus era but was there for the slush fund death spiral. Attended every game during my four years. My girlfriend and I attended every game in Block I in ‘68 and ‘69. We lost every game and badly in ‘69, but we stuck around to the bitter end every Saturday.

It just occurred to me, she hasn’t left early with me either. And now both retired, we have our first season tickets since ‘69 and have started the 850-mile (one way) drive to Memorial Stadium for games, vacationing locally between back-to-back home games.

You know you’re old, however, when you watch a video of “iconic buildings” on campus and you don’t recognize half of them. But by the time I arrived, the Assembly Hall was brand new and Alma had just been moved to Wright and Green (where I thought she had always been). Treno’s was our hangout, and we didn’t go to that mixer in one of the PAR basement lounges because REO Speedwagon was playing and we literally wouldn’t cross the street from FAR to see them.

I can’t hear Gimme Some Lovin’ without thinking of Chances R, and Bottle of Wine and Hey Jude always make me think Treno’s.

By the way, I know where the name of Treno’s comes from…
Got you by a couple years, but good to remember a time when football mattered on campus - not to mention an era when we were better than Michigan. A shame you missed the Butkus era. When he’d come in at center on 4th and short, everyone knew the play was Grabowski up the middle, including the opponen. It was a thing!
 
#116      
I thought I posted the origin of the name. Any, here goes, as told to me by Terry, the owner:

if you remember, the logo for Treno’s was three “Kilroy was here” faces, the top of a head with a big nose hanging over a line, in three sizes. They represented Terry’s three children, and the name, of course, was a contraction of “three noses.”

Now you know.
 
#117      
I thought I posted the origin of the name. Any, here goes, as told to me by Terry, the owner:

if you remember, the logo for Treno’s was three “Kilroy was here” faces, the top of a head with a big nose hanging over a line, in three sizes. They represented Terry’s three children, and the name, of course, was a contraction of “three noses.”

Now you know.
Found this on eBay. You can have it for $30. I'd like to have it, but not that much. https://www.ebay.com/itm/233545189301


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