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This Week in KU History

  • Swimming will again be allowed in Potter Lake after a Potter Lake Fund was established to pay for a lifeguard to watch swimmers. Lefty Sproull, KU basketball star, would serve as lifeguard.

  • In a case involving cronyism by KS Governor Jonathan M. Davis, Building Superintendent John M. Shea and Dean Mervin T. Sudler of the Med Center are relieved of their duties, against the wishes of Chancellor Lindley. This led to the creation of the Board of Regents in an attempt to keep cronyism out of academics.

  • In addition to Sasha Kaun representing Russia in this year's Olympics, there are also two other KU athletes performing for their homeland.

  • Assistant Professor of Film Kevin Willmott and Lawrence producer Scott Richardson have written the screenplay for "Jayhawkers", a film about the relationship of Wilt Chamberlain and former KU coach Phog Allen. 

  • I present KU history lectures to visitors to campus, and one of the items that surprise people the most is when I mention the electric trolley line that ran from downtown Lawrence to Strong Hall. The trolley first appeared on Mt. Oread on April 19, 1910, and most people wonder why it went away, while others think the idea would be great to start up again!

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