Sunday, November 28, 2010

Penn Says Farewell to 50 Years of Echoes

photo credit Tim Shaffer NY

PHILADELPHIA — C. T. Alexander was not a public-address announcer. He was the Voice of Franklin Field, and at the University of Pennsylvania, that qualified him as a celebrity.

When he walked into the Faculty Club at the Inn at Penn, a table of Quakers basketball fans stopped eating their breakfast to stand and shake his hand. He waved to passersby while strolling the Locust Walk on Penn’s campus on a recent Saturday. Later, Gov. Ed Rendell, a proud Penn alum, greeted Alexander.

Franklin Field has been deemed by the N.C.A.A. the oldest stadium operating for football games. And for 50 of the stadium’s 115 years, Alexander was behind the microphone in the press box, joined by his son and daughter as the spotters who help him to identify the players.

But a Penn tradition came to a close on Nov. 13 when Alexander, 76, called his final game at Franklin Field. read the full story click here

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