The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 35
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Twinkles the clown hands a flyer to
Elissa Shingledecker during the
Welcome to the Union festivities.
Other activities were an ActionFax
demonstration and a jazz combo
performance. Photo by Daniel Gib-
Jotie Desai, Mary Finley, Lucette
Campbell, Lindsay Keffer, Vicki
Whitmer and Briana Finley, all
Union staff members, light the can-
dles on the huge cake to celebrate
the 14th annual Union Day. Photo
by Daniel Gibson
Finally in the summer of 1948,
contracts totalling $513,429 were
awarded to construction companies
to build a student Union building, a
gymnasium and a journalism build-
Construction plans included the
incorporation of a bookstore and a
post office into the Union. The post
office was built, and was still part of
the Union in 1990.
An obstacle was thrown in the way
of construction in October 1948,
when a group of Denton merchants
thought that Union stores would
jeopardize their businesses.
But this was only temporary, and
construction continued to progress.
The Union was dedicated on the
50th anniversary of the signing of the
legislative act that established the
University as a state institution
(March 31, 1899 - March 31, 1949).
As Rogers stated in "The Story of
North Texas," a book he wrote dur-
ing the 75th anniversary celebrations
of NT in 1965, "In spring 1949, the
'long-awaited dreamhouse ... a new
ultra modern center ... the elegant
structure ... made
1949 a great year'.
bered the building
before the addition
in 1965 as having a
store called the
Trading Post, a
would meet, espe-
cially for dances, a
back porch and a
cement slab used
for outdoor dances
and roller skating.
Post had a western
look to it," Rogers
said. "And the
Howdy Room was a
great big space with
a balcony above - it
was very rustic in
"The first TV
sets students had
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