Friday, November 18, 2011

List of those to thank

Hey guys!  I know we said we would do this, but I cannot remember what came of it...or if we posted it somewhere.  Anywho, here is a quick list I compiled (alphabetical by last name) of everyone I can think of (including Gerald McElvy-- tomorrow's interview).  Let me know if I am forgetting anyone.

  • Nandita Berry
  • Dorothy Caram
  • Kristin Deville
  • Elizabeth Ghrist
  • Bernie Kapner
  • Howard Lorch
  • Gerald McElvy
  • Demetrius Pearson
  • The Honorable Shearn Smith
  • Welcome Wilson
I know that there are some names that I am missing.  Also, what should we do about titles?  I think we should include 'The Honorable' in front of Shearn Smith's name...thoughts?  

Please comment with your additions!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Something I found fun

I discovered that Shasta III, aka The Lady, was also featured in some car commercials before she retired from mascot duties in 1977. I can't use this in my video, but I thought it was kind of fun to see this commercial. The time frame is correct, so I'm guessing this is The Lady starring with Farrah Fawcett.


Monday, November 14, 2011

converted video files

Hi All,

I've converted all the video files to mpeg and posted them to DropBox. Please let me know if you have any trouble accessing them or in using them for your project. I've saved all the original files that were in DropBox to my external hard drive so the uncompressed files are available also. If you want to bring me to flash drive we can transfer the whole works to it. I plan to also copy all the photos that Deanne has found.

Here are the logos:

 Be sure to start your video with; "UH Memories Presents" and the title of your video. You'll want to add a Creative Commons license at the very end of your video. There are several types to choose from. I suggest this one:

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you."

But you can be more open accommodating if you would like. I don't suggest that you be more restrictive. Just my opinion, though. Take a look at all the licenses here. Sign up for your Creative Commons license before you finish your video and export it because you will want to add the logo to the end of the credits. 

If you need any help please let me know.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Links to shared folders

Okay, I've caught up with the photo requests and I think that's all I'll be able to do. I've managed to find something for just about everyone who had definite requests, so I like to think I've been a help. It's just I have a boat load of my own big projects with fast looming deadlines coming at me and I need to focus on them now.

If I understand the sharing sites info page correctly, the following links should take you directly to the folders I've created for you. Fingers crossed this works.

Aimee's folder

Joe's folder

Katie's folder

Mika's folder

Sandra's folder

Stephanie's folder

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Joe's Theme

Hello everyone.

As I am sure all of you know already, I will be focusing on the theme of sports history at the University.  With the interview of Dr. Pearson, I think I am going to focus on those students he has personally mentored.  Since he came to the campus in the early 1980s and was here at the very beginning of Phi Slamma Jamma, I think I will wrap my interview around those early sports figures.  I think I will also take a few seconds or so when I ask him about the future of the University, I think I will focus on such sports figures as Kevin Kolb and Case Keenum.  I am not quite sure how I am going to do this yet, but I have a storyboard in my head.

As far as pictures go, I think I will look for older pictures of the University during the 1980s and some of the pictures of that 1983-86 basketball team in particular.  I will also need pictures of former quarterback Kevin Kolb and maybe also a pic of Case Keenum.  I might even show 5 to 10 second video clips of these guys if I can somehow work it in but I am still working that out in my head.

See all of you in a few hours.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Hi all,

I'd like to focus on campus life - specifically the original Cougar Den (used from 1942 through the 1950s). It was built in 60 days as a very rushed project due to the boom in enrolled students after WWII. It was the hangout spot for students and Bernie Kapner mentions it in both interviews. Because Kapner's statement is brief I'm hoping to find other interviewees who mention this. I did find a picture in the 1957 yearbook with a caption about a petition to ban Elvis Presley albums from the jukebox in the Cougar Den. Basically, the goal of my project is to chronicle the life/history of this favorite campus hangout.

Photographs needed: Cougar Den (not to be confused with the Cougar Den in the UC or the campus pub). Maybe some aerial photos showing the large number of students on campus. The original Cougar Den was inside the Recreation Building (but from what I understand most students called the entire building the Cougar Den).

Any suggestions/feedback is greatly appreciated! Still not completely sure about this idea :)


Saturday, November 5, 2011


Hey everybody! As I said in class on Wednesday, I am planning to use some aspect of the GI experience. Both Welcome Wilson and Hon. Shearn Smith talk about it in their interviews. Mai mentioned someone talked about the controversy surrounding tearing down the final army building on campus--if you run across that, please let me know where!

I want to use pictures of the barrack buildings or the trailers used for housing, but haven't found any as of yet :-/

See you soon!

Friday, November 4, 2011


Morning all,

I spent the morning rummaging for photos based on the requests so far. Lori, I got the impression you're taking your own photos (cool idea, by the way), so I didn't do any searching for you. If I misunderstood, please let me know. I have some images for both Aimee and Katie. What I've done is create an account with a sharing site. I've created folders with your names and put what I found in them. Each also has an "info" text file which gives you the URL for any photos I found that were not in the Digital Library collection.

Here is the link to the site:

If there are any problems, questions, let me know.


Thursday, November 3, 2011


Hi all!

I'm going to focus on Alumni Philanthrophy/why they give.  I'll be using the three interviews I have done so far-- Howie Lorch, Nandita Berry, and Elizabeth Ghrist.  I think I'm actually going to go take some photos myself of various buildings/streets named after people to show the impact of Alumni Philanthropy on the University...and that will kind of be a photo montage somewhere in the video.  I have only found a couple of pictures of Howie Lorch and Elizabeth Ghrist in the digital library, but I need to watch their interviews again to nail down specifics in terms of looking for photos in the digital library.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hi everyone,

Like I said in class today I'm really interested in looking at the 1968 UH v. UCLA basketball game at the Astrodome as a microcosm of the issue of race. I'm using the Barry Kapner and Howie Lorch interviews and currently have a bunch of good images from the 1968 yearbook of the game as well as images of some of the players and coaches. One image from the yearbook was also used as a Sports Illustrated cover in April 1968, too, so that's pretty neat. Any images of that game or the fans in the Astrodome would be great.



Hi guys,

I am going to focus on diversity, particularly Arab students at UH. I am looking for any historic photos of Arab students of groups of students showing diversity.


November 2nd class reminders

Hi all,

Aimee sent out an email asking that if you have videos that you haven't uploaded to dropbox (or even if you have) please bring to class today. I will be bringing my external hard drive where we will be transferring this videos to it for safe keeping.

We also discussed walking down to the Den for class time. I'm all for that.

Updated Schedule
 11/9 TBA class held rm520
11/16 TBA class held rm 520 (shortened so you can work on your videos)
12/7 Show videos. bring them on a flash drive that I can upload to the libraries YouTube channel to the UH Digital Library and into my external hard drive for preservation. Class held rm 520

See you at 2:30 in our regular classroom.