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Shea Michaels enjoys an infusion of Gator spirit when he lights up.
From the playground to the stage, Chris Cope knew he could always rely on his obesity to win laughs. Weighing more than 300 pounds, fat jokes, at his own expense, were an easy way to win over a crowd.
April 12, 1965: The U.S. Department of Education awards UF a $400,000 grant to start up a proposed Graduate School and Center for International Studies. The money comes as good news for the expanding graduate program, which projects its enrollment will be at about 3,000 by 1970.
He could have been an industrial engineer. Like his father, he could have worked for NASA. Instead, Marlow Gates sits wrapping twine around the end of a broom handle with a grin on his face.
Clothes get old, fall out of style and are often discarded by their keepers seasons later.
Cathy DeWitt, a UF alumna, will bring her music to Gainesville on Sunday when her band, Patchwork, performs at the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival in the downtown historic district.
It might be racist. It might be heritage. Either way, no one seems to mind why or how Judy Byer gets her shipments of Ku Klux Klan shirts.
April 7, 1979: About 5,000 people, ranging in age from 16 months old to 72 years old, gather at Lake Alice Field and smoke out in public as part of a “toke-in” benefit concert supporting the legalization of marijuana. A Tallahassee-based lobbying group collects 2,280 signatures in support of a bill proposing that posession of one ounce of marijuana be a violation, as opposed to the existing law, which makes posession of five grams a misdemeanor.
A review of the effects of high-caffeine energy drinks on children and young adults suggests they may be linked to health risks as serious as heart palpitations, high blood pressure, cardiac arrest and death.
March 31, 1978: Lums, a restaurant that used to be at 1621 SW 13th St., offers a deal of two eggs, two strips of bacon or hash browns and toast for 99 cents. It also offers a deal of a quarter–pound burger, fries and a beer or a soda for $1.50. Cedar River Seafood & Oyster Bar is in that location now.
Since the 1990s, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have made their buck throwing everything from the sacred to the unmentionable under the comedic bus. They have taken on topics ranging from Scientology to the Shake Weight and everything else in between.