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December 20, 2010

Holiday Fun for All!

It may be hard to imagine the likes of Jungle Larry and his animals, Bozo the Clown, and Sam the Chimp on the campus of a serious-minded engineering school like Case Institute of Technology. But they were among the entertainers featured at the annual Case Institute of Technology Christmas parties.

On Monday, December 23, 1963, Case held its first Christmas party for all faculty, staff and their families. It was held from 3-5 p.m. in Horsburgh Gymnasium at the Sam W. Emerson Physical Education Center. Entertainment was provided, gifts and prizes were handed out, and Santa Claus made an appearance.

Volunteers decorated the gym as well as a large Christmas tree on the preceding Saturday. Those employees who were not bringing children were asked to help out with 20-30 minute shifts.

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Case Christmas party, 1965

This party became an annual event, and by the time of Federation in 1967, featured entertainers had included: Jungle Larry and his animals, George Arnold, an organ grinder and his monkey, Rosare’s Complete Dog Show, Bozo the Clown and Sam the Chimp. The tradition continued through at least 1970.

Posted by hxy2 at December 20, 2010 03:22 PM

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