Quick Slant: Memorial Gym dedicated 61 years ago

Dec. 6, 2013

Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.

Tuesday night's indoor track and field meet proved to be a highly successful "soft opening" for our terrific Multipurpose Facility. We invited five area teams for some competition and also to test out the logistics of the new area and things ran smoothly. Our coaches say the six-lane, 300-meter Mondo-surfaced track is the fastest in the South, which bodes well for exciting future meets and recruiting. The next home indoor meet is January 24-25.

December 6, 1952, exactly 61 years from this posting, Memorial Gymnasium was dedicated in ceremonies that appear to have come close to filling the 6,000 seats.

In case you missed it, in order to thank those reserving their bowl tickets through the Vanderbilt allotment, the National Commodore Club is applying one bonus priority point for each bowl ticket reserved by December 13 (up to four priority points) to the priority point ranking of active NCC members. The bonus points will be added after the bowl game.

After Black Friday apparently comes Rumor Monday. Last Monday seemed to establish a new record for Vanderbilt football rumors, almost as if there are folks out there producing them to see if any get legs. Fanned by social media and who knows what else, it gets hard for the fan to sort out fact from fiction.

The world seems a little empty upon hearing of the passing of Dot Deathridge. For many years, Miss D was the friendly and caring face at the front desk in the men's basketball office. She was "all in" when it came to seeing after her boys, on occasion having them over for a special dinner or just offering an encouraging word at the right time. She passed her love of Vanderbilt on to her son Scott, who began as an usher and now coordinates our entire usher staff on football and basketball game days.

Among those attending the Wake Forest game Star Walk was comedian Keith Alberstadt, a Vanderbilt alum and one-time member of our marketing department and game day sideline reporter. Keith travels the world telling jokes these days, occasionally working on behalf of the United States military by entertaining troops in far-away trouble spots such as Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nobody is more excited about Commodore athletics than Keith.



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