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This is the weekend all you Ramblin’ Wrecks from Golden Tech can dust off your old Senior Hats and drink your whiskey clear. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, those are some of the words from the Colorado School of Mines fight song and it’s Homecoming Weekend starting on Thursday.
Now, I grew up here in Golden and that’s mostly because my Father went to Mines. Class of 1957. He played on the soccer and tennis teams and Homecoming weekend was a big deal when I was a kid. We’d go to the bonfire, parade and football game every year and dress up in blue and white to cheer on the Orediggers.
Those were the first live football games I ever saw. I was probably a year old when we went to my first one. I distinctly remember that every year there was some poor player on the sidelines with his leg in a plaster cast. I also remember the thunder of the drums as the marching band came down the street.
It’s funny, but I also remember that my father would get my mother a mum every year. What’s a mum? It’s not a British word for mom, it’s a flower. A big white multi-petal thing about the size of a softball. They would make a letter “M” out of a blue pipe cleaner and attach it to the middle of the flower and it had a blue and white ribbon on the back of it. Guys would buy them for their wives or girlfriends and they’d pin it on like a corsage. They used to sell them all over town. I did a little research on what ever happened to that tradition, and I guess it pretty much died out everywhere. Except in Texas. Apparently it’s still a big thing down there and now they stick all kinds of ribbons and decorations on the things trying to outdo each other. Leave it to Texas to turn decorating a flower into a competitive sport.
Since I know how you engineers think, and that you are sticklers for details, here’s the entire schedule of the Homecoming Weekend events. This year’s theme is Orediggers in Orbit, Circling Back to Home.
The very first event is the 17, starting at 7 p.m. — the Homecoming Distinguished Lecture Featuring Mae C. Jemison at Lockridge Arena, Student Rec Center. Jemison is an American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut. She became the first black woman to travel in space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
And then beginning at 8:30 a.m., it’s “Alumni Night Out” in downtown Golden. Other events, including a slew of athletic contests also abound.
More information about the whole weekend of activities is available at www.minesactivitiescouncil.com/homecoming.
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