Count Scott Slimmer among the legion of alums who yearn for one last last call at Murphy’s Pub.
Before moving on to Cambridge, Mass., the Harvard laboratory manager spent 16 years in C-U — and countless late nights (and early mornings) at his favorite Campustown hangout.
“I learned a lot about materials science in classrooms and labs, but I learned a lot more about life sitting around those carved up wooden tables at Murphy’s,” says Slimmer (BS ’01/Ph.D. ’09, materials science and engineering).
“They still had a CD jukebox when I was on campus, and my friends and I spent years perfecting our playlist. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Dusty Springfield, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, U2, Steely Dan, The Eagles and Counting Crows — we had a set that was the perfect length for a burger, a beer — or two — and the Daily Illini crossword puzzle.
“We always finished with Springsteen’s ‘Glory Days,’ and looking back, that’s a pretty good summary of our time at Murphy’s. That bar, those songs, and my best friends will stay with me forever.”