Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Streak: The Fifth Time, Out Of The Last 55 Times, That Clemson Lost A Basketball Game in Chapel Hill…

F.  Scott Fitzgerald was still alive.

The Streak: Game Five, February 3, 1940 – UNC 47, Clemson 30.

The loss was part of a disappointing 9-12 season for the Tigers.

Yes, the party guy from the 1920’s who wrote a couple famous books was alive and well – perhaps not-so-well, but still with us.

Fitzgerald was born September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesoata and named after his distant cousin Francis Scott Key of “Oh Say Can You See” fame.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and even coined a term for the period he wrote about – The Jazz Age.

A crummy student – he failed out of more than one school including Princeton – he rallied and wrote This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender Is the Night and his most famous, the celebrated classic, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon was published posthumously.  

His wife Zelda was crazy and F. Scott was a fan of  the “hooch” (as the Lost Generation used to say).

He is a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. (No, we don’t know why.)

Fitzgerald died on December 21, 1940 after a series of heart attacks.

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