Thursday, June 4, 2009

The digital collection

A few weeks ago an email ended up in my Junk folder, and I deleted it without giving it a second thought. Thankfully Schwalbach forwarded me a link with its contents a little while later.

The University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

"I could poke around in this for hours," he said (or That's what he said).

It's basically a bunch of old media guides, a treasure trove of historical facts and photos. As Schwib said, you could get lost in there for hours, if not days.

The first document I looked at was a media guide from 1971. A couple days ago we talked about non-conference scheduling. In 1970 we had Oklahoma, TCU, and Penn State. In 1971 we had Syracuse and LSU. How awesome would it be to play that schedule now?

Next I went to the 1995-96 hockey media guide, covering the year we had season tickets. Look who's on the cover -- Max Williams! I remember when Butch, Toohey and I would watch The Jeff Sauer Show in Sullivan Hall, one of the highlights of which was Max's Minute.

Next I sent to the 1994-95 men's basketball media guide, the team that disappointed all of us during my freshman year of college. Look at how young Michael Finley looks on the cover! Look at young, energetic Stan Van Gundy on page 2! And to think that as I write this, he's got the Magic on the verge of a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Then I got sleepy and went to bed, damn kids getting up so early.

Needless to say, though, I've found my source for summertime blog posts. Thanks for the reminder Schwib!


Tom said...

Any commentary on the Badgers trying to schedule a football game with Austin Peay? I can hardly wait to show my kids those pictures in "The digital collection".

Anonymous said...

Schwalbach's never poked around in anything for hours.