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Famous Visitors from 1970's

November 7, 1978 - Lawyer Vincent Bugliosi

Vincent Bugliosi in Stewart Hall Audtiorium

Hibbing, Minnesota native Vincent Bugliosi, prosecuting attorney for the murders committed by Charles Manson and his followers in 1969, spoke at the Stewart Hall auditorium on November 7, 1978.

Bugliosi also co-authored Helter Skelter, a book about the Manson murders and trial. 1000 people attended the lecture sponsored by the University Program Board (UPB).

October 22, 1978 - Soul music group Hall & Oates

University Chronicle picture of Hall & Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates, better known as Hall & Oates, performed at Halenbeck Hall on October 22, 1978. Sponsored by the University Program Board (UPB) and local radio station KCLD, tickets for the concert cost $4 for students and $5.50 for the public. Hall & Oates performed hits as "Sarah Smiles," "Rich Girl," and "She's Gone."

October 16, 1978 - Politician Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy speaking in support of Wendell Anderson

US Senator Ted Kennedy spoke at a rally at St. Cloud State in support of the US Senator from Minnesota and former governor Wendell Anderson.

Anderson lost the election to Republican Rudy Boschwitz.

April 27, 1978 - Journalist Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera speaking in Halenbeck Hall

Journalist Geraldo Rivera spoke at Halenbeck Hall on April 27, 1978.

The lecture, sponsored by the campus Major Events Council, discussed his career as a journalist, protests of the 1960s, and the day's current events.

April 27, 1977 - Poet Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg reading poetry in Atwood Memorial Center

1950s Beat poet and activist Allen Ginsberg read poetry at Atwood Memorial Center's Coffeehouse Apocalypse.

The event, sponsored by the Atwood Board of Governors (ABOG), featured Ginsberg reading his poetry, including "Between One Breath and Another."

March 27, 1977 - Musical groups Kansas and Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielson

Sponsored by the campus Major Events Council, rock group Kansas headlined a bill at Halenbeck Hall that also included opening act Cheap Trick.

Kansas opened the show with their new single "Carry On Wayward Son" and also performed "Lonely Wind," "Miracles Out of Nowhere," and "Magnum Opus."

Student tickets cost $2 while public admission cost $4. 4800 people attended the concert.

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December 1, 1976 - Comedian Bob Hope

Bob Hope

Sponsored by the campus Major Events Council, Bob Hope performed at Halenbeck Hall on December 1, 1976.

Joined by singer Patrician Price, Hope received a standing ovation from the 3500 spectators as the show began. Hope sang songs, including "Smoke Gets in My Eyes" and "Thanks for the Memories" and performed in a comedy sketch.

Hope told many jokes, targeting current US president Gerald Ford, US president-elect Jimmy Carter, and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton. The biggest cheer was when he offered Price his lapel to sniff and quipped "dig that, that's an afternoon at Landy's Packing," a meat processing plant south of campus.

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September 24, 1976 - Leon and Mary Russell

Leon Russell

Leon and Mary Russell performed at Halenbeck Hall on September 24, 1976. Advertised as "The Leon Russell Show", Russell performed with his wife Mary McCreary Russell. They were touring in support of an album they had recently released.

Tickets were $2 for SCSU students while tickets for the general public cost $5.

November 15, 1975 - US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller

Nelson Rockefeller

United States Vice President Nelson Rockefeller spoke at Stewart Hall during the Minnesota state Republican convention on November 15, 1975.

Rockefeller, who served as Gerald Ford's vice president from 1974 to 1977, was greeted by pro-life supporters who opposed Rockefeller's views on abortion.

September 23, 1975 - Filmmaker Frank Capra

Frank Capra touring Kiehle exhibit space

Filmmaker Frank Capra, best known for such films as It’s a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, spoke at the Stewart Hall Auditorium.

His lecture, entitled “Public Morality and Artistic Freedom,” was part of the activities for the dedication of the Kiehle Visual Arts Center.

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July 2, 1975 - Astronaut Gerald Carr

Gerald Carr

Astronaut Gerald Carr, who commanded Skylab IV from November 1973 to February 1974, spoke at appeared at St. Cloud State.

He discussed space photography and the future of space exploration.

May 8, 1975 - Salute to the Fabulous Fifties show featuring the Lone Ranger, Casey Jones, and Ken Osmond

The Lone Ranger and Ken Osmond

Sponsored by Sigma Alpha Pi and Northland Productions, the Salute to the Fabulous Fifties show was held at Halenbeck Hall on May 8, 1975.

The show, featured actors Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell from “Leave it to Beaver”), Clayton Moore (the Lone Ranger), and Roger Aswumb (Casey Jones).

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April 8, 1975 - Musical group Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Bob Seger

Bob Seger

Sponsored by St. Cloud State's Delta Zeta sorority and local radio station WJON, Canadian rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive headlined a bill that also featured Bob Seger and Thin Lizzy.

The performance was held at Halenbeck Hall and tickets cost $6 in advance.

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October 11, 1974 - Comedian Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby on stage

As part of the 1974 Homecoming activities, Bill Cosby performed at Halenbeck Hall on October 11, 1974. Also on the bill was singer Dave Loggins, best known for his 1974 hit "Please Come to Boston."

Tickets for the concert cost $2 for students, $3.50 for all others.

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September 18, 1974 - Ku Klux Klan grand dragon David Duke

David Duke

Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Grand Dragon David Duke spoke to a capacity crowd at Halenbeck Hall on September 18, 1974. The 24 year old graduate of Louisiana State University was met by "jeers, boos, and applause" by the spectators. Protestors chanted and held signs to show their displeasure in Duke's appearance.

The September 20, 1974 edition of the Chronicle said that Duke's speech was "in part an attempt to document the KKK's theories regarding Jews and communism, the differences between the races, and the history of white America." Duke would later run for many political offices, most notable the election for Louisiana governor in 1991.

May 20, 1974 - Actor Leonard Nimoy

Chronicle article about Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the 1960s television series (and later films from the 1980s and 1990s) Star Trek, gave a lecture at Halenbeck Hall entitled "Star Trek Adventures."

The May 20, 1974, lecture, sponsored by the Major Events Council, focused on Nimoy's time on the Star Trek television series.

April 9, 1974 - Bowler Dick Ritger

Dick Ritger

On April 9, 1974, professional bowler Dick Ritger gave a bowling clinic at Atwood Memorial Center.

Ritger bowled in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) from 1964 to 1979, winning 20 titles. He was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1978.

April 5 and 6, 1974 - Children's television personality Captain Kangaroo

Captain Kangaroo

Bob Keeshan, better known as Captain Kangaroo, visited campus on April 5 and 6, 1974.

Keeshan was in St. Cloud to help celebrate the "Week of the Young Child." Keeshan spoke to St. Cloud State education students in the Education building as well as appeared as Captain Kangaroo at a breakfast for community children at Garvey Commons. The program Captain Kangaroo ran on CBS from 1955 to to 1984.

February 26, 1974 - Actor Vincent Price

Vincent Price

Sponsored by the Major Events Council, actor Vincent Price gave a free public lecture at Halenbeck Hall.

Price, a noted American film actor, discussed his film career and art.

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May 1, 1973 - Transgender person Christine Jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen

On May 1, 1973, Christine Jorgensen, formally known as George Jorgensen, spoke in Atwood Ballroom.

In 1950 in Denmark, Jorgensen underwent the world’s first sex reassignment surgery. The surgeries to transfer Jorgensen from a man to a woman were performed by Danish doctor Christian Hamburger.

May 15, 1972 - Musician Elton John

Chronicle highlight of Elton John event

As part of campus May Daze activities, Elton John headlined a concert at Halenbeck Hall on May 15, 1972. Tickets cost $1.50 for students and $3 for the general public.

According to the May 19, 1972 edition of the Chronicle, Elton John opened with the song "Tiny Dancer" and also performed "Levon."

December 9, 1970 - Musician John Denver

John Denver - 1971 Talahi yearbook

Just over a year after performing a free concert at Stewart Hall's auditorium, folk singer John Denver returned to campus on December 9, 1970.

With tickets free to St. Cloud State College students, 5000 spectators filled Halenbeck Hall to see Denver perform. Denver finished his set by playing "America the Beautiful."