- Written by Illinois Alpha
Compiled by Vance Fraley, Order of the Golden Heart Recipient
MEMORIES OF ILLINOIS ALPHA – THROUGH THE YEARS 1947 – 2002
- Vance L. Fraley '56, LAW '58
It is hard to remember the first acquaintance with ILLINOIS ALPHA. It started when my brother, Varel L. Fraley '50, enrolled at the University in 1946 after completing his military service in WWII. Probably, the first visit to ILLINOIS ALPHA was in the fall of 1947 for a football game. My parents and I would attend football games and then visit the fraternity while on campus.
I recall watching BUDDY YOUNG scamper down the football field and being thrilled watching the Marching ILLINI and Chief Illiniwek. In the fall of 1948 (Nov.), there were people selling the Chicago Tribune with the famous headlines "DEWEY WINS" – wish now we had bought one since they are historical keepsakes.