Being a proud member of the self-described “short hair” club during the 1960s was not without its challenges, says former Naval ROTC scholarship midshipman Kevin Stotmeister.
“But Stan’s Bar on Daniel Street just east and down the street from Kam’s was always a great refuge for good times, camaraderie and friendship,” says the president and CEO of Federal Health Sign Co. (BS ’72 and MS ’77, both in civil engineering), who was on campus when the UI turned 100.
“I recall the TGIFs being especially fun. There I frequently took my good friend Ellen — now my wife of almost 47 years — to enjoy and get away from everything else for a couple of hours. Apparently, there was no fire marshal limit on maximum capacity in those days, because the place was always wall-to-wall and shoulder-to-shoulder with people on Friday afternoons.
“I recall with a smile ‘splurging’ on Ellen and buying her the 50-cent Michelob beers instead of the regular 35-cent Millers.
“Gee, what a guy! She was very impressed.”