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100 years and going strong
Sporting an attitude
These times they are a-changin'


Newsbits
Legend of the fall

The Columns: Alumni Review
Club and Chapter News
"Tigers Around Town" make
splashy debut

Classnotes
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The Columns: Alumni Review
A gallery of presidents, from past to present
Centennial reflections
Looking back: Centennial timeline
Stan still “the Man”

Stan “the Man” Bronson Jr.
Stan “the Man” Bronson Jr.
When it comes to images of the University of Memphis, there is Tom the Tiger, the old Brister Library and the imposing Administration Building. And then there is Stan “the Man” Bronson Jr. For 53 years, his ubiquitous figure has been inextricably entwined with students’ campus memories.

“Hi yew!” is Bronson’s familiar greeting to all who pass him by. He can be found in the University’s library, in the cafeteria, near the Student Plaza fountain or on the baseball diamond during spring.

Bronson, 82, came to the U of M in 1958 to work as an equipment manager for football coach Billy “Spook” Murphy. He soon became the baseball team’s batboy, a position he has served in since the 1959 season. He was included in the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records for being the “Most Durable Batboy” ever. He takes a bow during the middle of the eighth inning of each home game.

Bronson still attends football practices and makes cameo appearances at Lady Tiger basketball and volleyball games.

If you are on campus in July, you might just get an invitation from Bronson to his birthday party, which is thrown by the campus’ cafeteria.

Trauma at birth left Bronson with a speech impediment and mild palsy. But he has overcome this to become a true “institution” at the U of M.

As former President V. Lane Rawlins once said, “Stan, as all of your many friends at the University will agree, you are ‘the Man!’”

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