Graduates of the University of Georgia may be interested in a new book about the college culled from the pages of The Red and Black, the student newspaper. "Dear Old U-G-A" is a history of students life reflected on the pages of the student newspaper since the newspaper was founded in 1893.
Compiling the information was Carrol Dadisman, a Jefferson, Ga. native, UGA graduate and long-time Georgia newspaperman, who retired as publisher of the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat.
The book traces the colorful history of student organizations, reveals origins of campus traditions, chronicles the overcoming of resistance to coeducation and desegregation, describes the evolution of student fashions and behavior and reflects on the university's role in major wars and military training. It relates the history of men's and women's athletic teams and tells how they came to be known as Bulldogs. Its 384 pages are illustrated with more than 200 historic photos and contain the names of more than 2,000 students and former students.
"In this charming book ... you get an insight into who we are and how we have become who we are," said Loran Smith, UGA historian and longtime university representative.
Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, a UGA graduate, said, "The University of Georgia takes sons and daughters from all over and makes them into educated people who contribute greatly to society. Carrol Dadisman has written a great book on those days when we were transformed from boys and girls into men and women of distinction. This books brings back so many fond memories."
The book was published by the Red and Black Publishing Company, the independent organization of student journalism at UGA. The author is a longtime member of the Red and Black board of directors and a former student editor of the newspaper.
Dadisman graduated from Jefferson High School in 1952 and from the university in 1956. After serving as editor on several Georgia newspapers, he was president and publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat for 16 years. In retirement, he continues to live in Tallahassee with his wife, the former Mildred Sparks, a Banks County native and graduate of Commerce High School and UGA.
"Dear Old U-G-A" is available on Amazon.com and in the University of Georgia campus bookstore for $45.