For a basketball junkie who proudly donned the orange and black while playing for the Paris High Tigers, Scott Brown couldn’t have drawn up a better time to be on campus than the late '80s.
“I became a diehard Illini fan during my five years on campus, and I was a basketball season ticket holder for four of those years,” says the Carpet Weaver’s CFO, vice president and treasurer, who earned both his bachelor’s (1988/economics) and master’s (1989/accounting) from Illinois.
“I saw a lot of great games over that time, but the best game that I attended was the Georgia Tech game on January 22, 1989. Keith Jackson and Dickie V were in the house, and the place was electric.
“The Flyin’ Illini pulled out a double overtime win and went on that season to make the Final Four. Of all of my great memories as a student at Illinois, the basketball games at the Assembly Hall stand out as the best ... at least that can be printed.”
Also making Brown’s favorite memories list:
“I enjoyed many a Friday and Saturday night singing ‘American Pie’ at O’Malley's.
“I was lucky enough to experience Professor (Richard) Scanlan’s Class Civ 115 course in Foellinger Auditorium.
“I played more games of euchre at the house beside Barnett’s Liquor Store just north of the intersection of First and Green streets than anyone could imagine.
“I still even have my old blue student identification card somewhere at home."