Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida (Hardback)
  • Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida (Hardback)

Gator Tales: An Oral History of the University of Florida (Hardback)

Hardback Published: 15/12/2006
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From the earliest days in Gainesville, to milestones in campus expansion and institutional growth, to the infamous Johns Committee, the Vietnam War, and civil rights protests, to Gator athletics, this lively, anecdotal history provides an intimate look at the university's last 100 years. Of the many people who made the university, UF's 13 presidents, with their talents and initiatives, provide a colorful introduction to a remarkable century's progress. Beyond the administrative history of the first 100 years, Gator Tales features extended interviews with nine notable individuals whose influences extend from within UF to the broader worlds of business, law, and sports including Ray Graves, Otis Boggs, Tracy Caulkins, Steve O'Connell, John Lombardi, Manny Fernandez, and Stephan Mickle. Each interview opens a window onto a particular time and set of challenges in the history of UF, while reflecting the personal qualities that enabled each individual to have a substantial impact on both colleagues and the institution itself. Combining history with serious and humorous recollections from faculty, administrators, athletes, and students, "Gator Tales" is a tapestry of personalities and participants in the evolution of UF from a small provincial campus to a major university - an entertaining, fascinating centennial read for Gators everywhere.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813030548

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