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to the team, gave more to his studies, gave more
to life in general than James Parker.”
As a pleasing reward for its good season—
Wake Forest had even received a mid-autumn
ranking among the twenty top teams in the
nation—the football team was invited to the
Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida, for a De-
cember 22 contest with the Louisiana State
University Tigers. Not since 1948 had Wake
Forest been in a bowl game; that year, in the
Dixie Bowl in Birmingham, a Peahead Walker-
coached team had lost to Baylor University by
a score of 20 to 7. This time a large number of
hopeful alumni traveled to Orlando and before
and after the game enjoyed the marvels and the
magic of Disney World. But, sadly, Louisiana
State was the victor (34–10), and alumni had to
continue to look back in memory to 1945 for
Wake Forest’s only football bowl victory: in the
Gator Bowl over South Carolina.
The University and the City of Winston-Salem
were increasingly concerned that the City’s Memo-
rial Coliseum, where Wake Forest’s basketball
games were played, was no longer an adequate or
attractive setting for Atlantic Coast Conference
competition. It had been built after World War II,
well before Wake Forest arrived in Winston-Salem, and had neither
the heating nor the air conditioning nor the locker room facilities—
nor the size—that a growing University and City needed. A “Coli-
seum Citizens Committee,” supported by President Scales and by
Mayor Wayne Corpening, was formed under the chairmanship of
Lyons Gray, a prominent civic leader. The committee called for a
referendum vote on November 6 which, if successful, would lead
toward a new $33,000,000 coliseum. A contrary point of view was
voiced by a group called Concerned Citizens for Winston-Salem,
and the local chapter of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, for “economic” rather than “racial”
reasons, also announced its opposition. The outcome of the vote
was a decided setback for the University’s hopes; by a two-to-one
James McDougald
Wayne Baumgardner
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