A Lighter Look at Life at the "U"
by Jon Marmor
Rachel, the venerable bronze pig at the entry to Pike Place Market, was in hog
heaven on Aug. 16. That's when the creation by Georgia Gerber, '82, celebrated
its 10th birthday. Gerber is also the sculptress of the "Husky Sprit" monument
near Husky Stadium. Photo by Jon Marmor.
No, you weren't hallucinating if you walked into Husky Stadium one August
morning and thought you stepped back into the 1970s. Approximately 6,000
folks--wearing their bell bottoms and other '70s fashion--were on hand as Husky
Stadium was made up to look like Munich's Olympic Stadium during the 1972
Olympics. The reason: the filming of the motion picture Prefontaine,
about the late, famous runner Steve Prefontaine, who went to a Pac-10 school
south of here.
It wasn't the first time the campus of a thousand years has been a set for
movies, television shows, commercials and advertisements. Here's a look at some
other star turns on campus from the past few years:
"The Sixth Man" (filmed
"Eden" (shown at 1996 Seattle Film
"Pandora's Clock" (mini-series)
"Bill Nye the Science
"Under One Roof" (starring James Earl Jones)
(Kane Hall's facade with a setting sun is a
What a Year
The beautiful UW campus is featured on many a calendar, but now a new calendar
celebrating scientific achievements has been unveiled. "Pathbreakers: A Century
of Research and Scholarly Achievements at the UW" marks the 100th anniversary
of the UW Board of Regents resolution calling for "each member of the Faculty
endeavor to themselves perform some original work such as inventing, discovery
or writing, in their respective departments." Above, George (Pinky) Nelson, a
NASA astronaut (and current associate vice provost for research) is shown here
repairing the satellite Solar Maxiumum with James van Hoften in 1984. Photo
courtesy of NASA.
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