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On another front the Philomathesian and Euzelian literary societies,
with the renewing vigor of a large enrollment, started a burst of
rivalry, and in 1946 President Harry S Truman expressed pleasure in
accepting honorary membership in the Phi Society. In doing so he
joined such other notables as Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, James
Buchanan, and Washington Irving.
In May of 1948 the first annual Magnolia Festival was held with a
May Day pageant in the stadium and a full week of activities
featuring several plays, choral and instrumental concerts, and an all-
campus sing. Margaret Baucom, a dark-haired beauty from Raleigh,
was the first Queen of the May.
At about that same time was born radio station WAKE, a carrier
current facility which later was to grow to considerable stature as
WFDD. It had numerous breakdowns and was often off the air, but it
was cherished because it provided a radio signal students could call
In 1946 intercollegiate debating, a casualty of the war, was revived
under the coaching of Prof. A. L. Aycock, who served Wake Forest in
amazingly diverse capacities in his long association with the college.
Veteran oratorical performers Samuel Behrends, Jr., Henry Huff,
Kermit Caldwell, and Daniel Lovelace were joined by bright young
talents like T. Lamar Caudle, J. B. Scott, and Vernon Wall, Jr., and
they fielded the premier teams of the national debating circuit. So
prestigious were the titles and awards they brought home that Old
Gold was prompted to ask editorially, "Mr. Aycock, how do you do
The Little Theater, founded in 1942 by Wake Forest's first authentic
coed, Beth Perry of Durham, had been given a small budget by the
Board of Trustees, and it got a rush of players. Drama was still staged
in the Wake Forest High School auditorium, but it packed the house
with every performance.
Publications Row was brimming with talent. The Student magazine
had been revived in the fall of 1946 under the editorship of Jesse E.
Glasgow, Jr., and it exuded creativity. The college newspaper and
yearbook were strongly staffed by veterans, and most of the writers,
partial to the burning of midnight oil, put in hours at all three
publications. One of the admired features of Old Gold and Black was
a series of fillers chronicling adventures at a mythical Wamboogie U.
They were the creation of Barrie Davis, Class of