University Archives

Famous Visitors from 1980's

November 4, 1989 - Musicial groups Cheap Trick and the Gear Daddies

Cheap Trick singer Rob Zander

As part of Homecoming week, Cheap Trick headlined a concert at Halenbeck Hall on November 4, 1989. Minnesota rockers the Gear Daddies opened the show.

Cheap Trick first appeared at St. Cloud State on March 27, 1977, opening for Kansas.

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May 16, 1989 - Comedian Louie Anderson

Comedian Louie Anderson

Twin Cities comedian Louie Anderson performed to a sold-out Atwood Memorial Center ballroom.

Tickets cost $7 for St. Cloud State students, staff, and faculty, and $12 for the general public.

January 11, 1989 - Billards expert Paul Cernis

Paul Cernis

Sponsored by the Atwood Recreational Center, billiards trickshot artist Paul Cernis gave a demonstration at Atwood Memorial Center.

October 8, 1988 - Musical group the Smithereens

The Smithereens concert poster

Sponsored by the University Program Board (UPB), the New Jersey-based rock band, the Smithereens, led by frontman Pat DiNizio, played at Halenbeck Hall during Homecoming week.

Tickets were $5 for students and $8 for the general public.

February 18, 1988 - Politician Paul Simon

Paul Simon

US senator from Illinois Paul Simon stopped at Atwood Memorial Center on February 18, 1988 during his campaign to run for US president. Speaking before a packed crowd, Simon discussed higher education and student loans.

February 6, 1988 - Mascot San Diego Chicken

San Diego Chicken and chicks

Famed mascot the San Diego Chicken entertained 4700 spectators at the St. Cloud State men's basketball game against the University of North Dakota at Halenbeck Hall on February 6, 1988.

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November 14, 1987 - Politician Elizabeth Dole

Elizabeth Dole speaking in Atwood Memorial Center

Elizabeth Dole, former US Secretary of Transportation and wife of Kansas senator and presidential hopeful Bob Dole, spoke at Atwood Memorial Center for a conference addressing problems facing Minnesota women.

November 1, 1986 - Actor Larry Linville

Larry Linville

Larry Linville, best known for his portrayal as Frank Burns in the long-running M*A*S*H television series, spoke at the Stewart Hall auditorium on November 1, 1986. Linville spoke about his career and his time on the M*A*S*H television series.

Tickets were free to St. Cloud State students, faculty, and staff and $5 to the general public.

May 13, 1986 - Musical group George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers

George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers

Sponsored by the University Program Board (UPB), George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers played to 5500 rowdy spectators at Halenbeck Hall on May 13, 1986.

Tickets for the show cost $8 for St. Cloud State students and $13.50 for the general public.

May 2, 1986 - Actor Don Knotts

Actor Don Knotts, who appeared in many films and classic television shows such as The Andy Griffith Show and Three's Company, spoke to a capacity crowd at the Stewart Hall auditorium.

Knotts showed clips from the various television shows he starred in and his take on comedy from the days of radio to the present.

Chronicle article about Don Knotts

July 12, 1985 - Musician Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire on stage in Stewart Hall Auditorium

As part of the city of St. Cloud's "Wheels, Wings, & Water" festival, country music singer Reba McEntire performed two shows at the Stewart Hall auditorium on July 12, 1985.

Backing up McEntire was the Chockie Mountain Band.

April 1, 1985 - Activist Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson

The Reverend Jesse Jackson spoke to nearly 4000 spectators at Halenbeck Hall on April 1, 1985. Jackson was touring the state to rally Minnesota farmers.

At St. Cloud State, Jackson spoke about the farming crisis, though his speech touched on the federal deficit, defense spending, and education.

October 8, 1983 - Actor Jerry Mathers

Jerry Mathers

Jerry Mathers, better known as Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver on the 1950s television show “Leave It to Beaver,” appeared in the St. Cloud State University homecoming parade.

Mathers was visiting St. Cloud to promote a 24 hour "Leave It to Beaver" marathon on a local television station.

September 22, 1983 - Journalist Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson

Sponsored by the University Program Board (UPB), journalist Hunter S. Thompson spoke at the Atwood Memorial Center ballroom to a capacity crowd.

A free event to the public, Thompson spoke about his career and experiences, as well as his thoughts about Mexico being annexed by the United States, drugs, the Middle East, the upcoming 1984 presidential election and football.

November 6, 1982 - Musical group the Charlie Daniels Band

Charlie Daniels

The Charlie Daniels Band, led by Charlie Daniels, played Halenbeck Hall on November 6, 1982. Tickets for the performance cost $8.50 in advance and $9.50 at the door.

Performing to a sold-out venue, the Charlie Daniels Band put on a long set, including "Lonesome Boys from Dixie," "Trudy," and "Can't You See?"

October 26, 1982 - Professional wrestlers of the American Wrestling Association (AWA)

Andre the Giant and Baron Von Raschke

More than 2000 spectators packed into Halenbeck Hall to see the American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) professional wrestling event. Many of the stars participated in the card including Sheik Adnan El Kaissey, Baron Von Raschke, Ken Patera, Bobby Heenan, Rick Martel, Jerry Blackwell, and Larry Hennig.

The main event was a 14 man battle royal that included many of the wrestlers featured on that evening's card as well as Andre the Giant.

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April 15, 1982 - Twin Cities musical groups the Suburbs and the Replacements

Beej Chaney of the Suburbs

Twin Cities musical act, the Suburbs, played a free show at the Atwood Memorial Center ballroom on April 15, 1982.

Another Twin Cities act, the Replacements, opened the show at this University Program Board sponsored event.

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January 19, 1982 - Politician George McGovern

George McGovern in Atwood Memorial Ballroom

Former US senator from South Dakota and 1972 presidential candidate George McGovern spoke to a full Atwood Memorial Ballroom on January 19, 1982.

Sponsored by the University Program Board (UPB), McGovern explained his "Americans for Common Sense" plan to counter attack "the growing right wing influence." According to McGovern, this campaign would target the "single-issue fanatics who sometimes divert attention from major problems to side-show issues."

October 13, 1980 - Musical group Air Supply

Graham Russell and Russ Hitchcock

Sponsored by the University Program Board (UPB), 3600 spectators filled Halenbeck Hall on October 13, 1980 to see Australian rockers Air Supply.

Air Supply performed a full set, including the songs "Chances," "Having You Near Me," and "Jealousy."

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