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Cheering on the Green and White by Nancy Kolsti
Fall 2003      


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About that bourbon

When Wade Hampton ('62) cheered at North Texas from 1960 to 1961, he thought he was outsmarting Dean of Women Imogene Bentley, who supervised the cheerleaders.

"My squad used to take a bottle of Hiram Walker bourbon, wrap it up in a blanket and stuff it up in my megaphone so we could have it on breaks," he says. "When everyone else yelled through their megaphones, I only pretended to yell through mine."

The secret stash, however, was discovered one football game. As the megaphones were lined up on the sidelines and the cheerleaders ran onto the field, "someone kicked my megaphone over, revealing the bourbon," Hampton says.

Bentley was in the stands watching, along with William Woods, the dean of men.

"I thought I was going to lose my cheerleader position," Hampton says. "I was one of two Kappa Alpha fraternity members on the squad, so my fraternity sent Dean Bentley red roses to apologize. And she didn't kick me off."

Hampton, who calls his cheerleading years "an incredible time," says one member of his squad later became a sports superstar – Sandra Palmer ('63), who had 19 victories in the Ladies Professional Golf Tournament from 1964 to 1986 and won the U.S. Women's Open in 1975.

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