It’s a two-way tie for first on Craig Cinotto’s list of favorite Campustown hot spots.
“One strong memory for me is of the two bars, Dooley’s and Murphy’s,” the 1972 business administration grad says from Chicagoland.
“Murphy’s had a taco special — I believe it was four for a dollar. I still love tacos. They were great and a good deal.
“Dooley’s was one of my favorite bars as they had pinball machines and good draft beer served in those heavy glass mugs.
“Other bars of note included the Red Lion, which had REO Speedwagon playing during their startup days in 1971.
“I was only on campus two years after transferring in from a junior college, but I did get certified in scuba diving and joined two fraternities — the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and the Theta Xi house, where I lived.
“I have many good memories from my undergraduate years at U of I in that it was the first experience living away from home and actually making your own schedule, or doing your own thing. I enjoyed it immensely and am glad to have been taught by some professors who actually were the authors of the textbook being used.
"It was a great experience.”