SMU 50-Year Reunion

50-year reunion

Fun Facts from the year 1970



SMU 1970

International Programs founded.

Heroy Science Building opens.

Shared Governances launched – an experiment in joint decision making among administration, faculty, and students.

School of the Arts renamed Meadows School of the Arts.

SMU has 80 buildings, an on-campus enrollment of 7,000, a faculty of 650, and an endowment of $24.709 million on a campus of 155 acres.

The student newspaper changes its name to The Daily Campus.

Algur H. Meadows provides an endowment for the arts school, named in his honor.

The SMU Mother’s Club presents the one-millionth book, The Life and Times of Tristan Shandy, Gentleman, to the SMU Libraries.

The Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, a graduate research center associated with the Department of Anthropology and Geology, occupies its new quarters in the Heroy Science Hall. The Institute’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology preserves prehistoric fossils and other archaeological specimens from excavations.

The University inaugurates its first international study program, SMU-in-Spain.

Margo Jones Theatre opens.

East side of Fondren Library dedicated (DMN 4/13/69)

SMU has mini-confrontation with BLAACs student group for better racial diversity and equality on campus in May.


Births:  Sean Combs (Puff Daddy), Jennifer Lopez.

Obituaries:  Everett Dirksen, Judy Garland, Boris Karloff, Joseph Kennedy, Jack Kerouac, Rocky Marciano, Ho Chi Minh, Drew Pearson, Robert Taylor.



Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy.

Best Actor: John Wayne, True Grit.

Best Actress: Maggie Smith, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Nobel Prize:

Literature: Samuel Beckett.

The Grammies:

Record/Pop Group: The 5th Dimension, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.

Album: Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Male Pop Vocalist: Harry Nilsson, Everybody's Talkin'.

Female Pop Vocalist: Peggy Lee, Is That All There Is?


Other films of 1969: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Easy Rider, Hello, Dolly! Z, The Sterile Cuckoo, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Anne of the Thousand Days, Bullitt, Women in Love, Satyricon.

Top 10 TV Series, Fall, 1969: Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Mayberry, R.F.D., Family Affair, Here's Lucy, The Red Skelton Hour, Marcus Welby, M.D., Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, The Doris Day Show.

New TV Series of 1969: Hee Haw, The Galloping Gourmet, H.R. Pufnstuf, Room 222, Bracken's World, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Brady Bunch, Sesame Street.

Johnny Carson got his highest ratings of all time when Tiny Tim married Miss Vicki on his show.

Between 300,000 and 500,000 young people gathered at Bethel, N.Y., for the 3-day Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

Bell-bottom pants and unisex fashions were popular.

Major Books of 1969: Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint, Theodore White's The Making of the President 1968, And Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s Slaughterhouse-Five.

The Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting private possession of obscene materials were unconstitutional.

Off Broadway Hits: Che, and Oh, Calcutta!


In a stunning upset, Joe Namath's New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III.

Chester Marcol of Hillsdale College in Michigan kicked a record 62-yard field goal.

Penn State edged Kansas, 15-14, in the Orange Bowl.

Oklahoma running back Steve Owens won the Heisman Trophy.

Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman jockey to win a race at a U.S. thoroughbred track.

UCLA won its third consecutive NCAA basketball championship; Lew Alcindor was MVP for the third time.

Majestic Prince won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but failed to win the Triple Crown.

Mario Andretti won his first Indianapolis 500.

Willie Mays became the only player besides Babe Ruth to hit 600 home runs.

After 18 years with the Yankees, Mickey Mantle retired.

After an amazing comeback year, the New York Mets won the World Series over the Baltimore Orioles.

Other Events of 1969:

Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot upon the moon.

Senator Edward Kennedy's car drove off a bridge into the waters near Chappaquiddick Island, killing Mary Jo Kopechne.

The first completely artificial heart was implanted in a patient in Houston.

Richard M. Nixon became President of the United States.

General Motors initiated the largest recall to date, some 4.9 million vehicles.

The first Selective Service lottery was held.

Court testimony revealed that the FBI had tapped Dr. Martin Luther King's phones.

The federal Truth-in-Lending law went into effect.

The first reports came in that as many as 450 villagers, including women and babies, had been massacred by U.S. troops at My Lai.

Golda Meir was sworn in as Premier of Israel.

More than 250,000 people attended an antiwar rally in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Health, Education and Welfare banned cyclamates.

Fred Hampton, Illinois chairman of the Black Panthers, was shot during a police raid in Chicago.

Richard Burton presented Elizabeth Taylor with a 69.42-carat diamond.

The first Strategic Arms Limitation Talks were held in Helsinki, Finland.

The Department of Agriculture banned the use of DDT in residential areas.

The first test flights were made of the Concorde.

Followers of Charles Manson murdered Sharon Tate and 4 others in Los Angeles.

Britain sent 600 troops to quell riots in Northern Ireland.

The "Chicago Seven" went on trial for inciting riots during the 1968 Democratic convention.