The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 36
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available to them was in the Howdy Room,"
he said. "I remember during the Sputnik crisis,
the lift-off was televised. There was quite a
Saturday afternoons drew quite a crowd
because of televised football games, Rogers
"Outside on the slab behind the building,
there would be dances," Rogers said. "In the
fall there would be a 'big wheel' dance where
new students could mix with the older ones."
The beginnings of the lab bands even got
their start at the Union. A group called the
"Aces of Collegeland" would entertain a ca-
pacity crowd in the Union during the 1950's,
"Up until the later 1950's, Saturday nightlife
revolved around the building," he said.
In 1962 when Charles Fuller, now associate
director of business services, attended NT as a student,
he said the Union, especially the Howdy Room, was a
place to "just hang around in."
The Union underwent its first renovation in 1966,
with the demolition of the old army surplus building
and the addition of conference rooms, a newer book-
store and a cafeteria.
"The basement still had The Trading
Post," Rogers said. "The second floor had a
snack bar and the third floor was the main
lounge. It had a piano and a TV in it."
During the early 1970's, construction be-
gan again. There were two L-shaped addi-
tions put around the existing building.
"When the Lyceum was built, students
had to move out to a temporary union
building, we called the 'TUB'," Rogers
said. "Crumley Hall took its place. But the \i,
post office stayed open through the entire
Plans for another expansion were in their
preliminary processes in 1990.
"The Union is bursting at the seams, and
we need to accommodate an increasing en-
rollment," said Dr. Mary Yates, director of
the Union. - by Julie Hemby
Union Catering Manager Tim West and Assistant Director of Building Oper-
ations Gary Salmon flip hamburgers during one of the many weekly cookouts
held in the Union Portico. Photo by Kendall J. Hibbs
Students gather as Mary Yates prepares to announce the awards for the Union Art
Gallery's annual Student Art Competition. Photo by Daniel Gibson
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