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TIP SHEET   Week of Sept. 29, 2003
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UW-Eau Claire alumni will get another chance to enjoy the taste and atmosphere of the Camaraderie, a popular establishment with students, alumni and locals. The Water Street establishment was destroyed by fire in January 2001 but continues to live on in the memories of people who attended UW-Eau Claire between 1971 and 2001. UW-Eau Claire’s Alumni Association will honor the spirit of the Cam during this year’s Homecoming, Oct. 3-4. Former Camaraderie owners Joe Giammona and Meriland “Pearly” Johnson will ride in the 10 a.m. Homecoming Parade. At 4 p.m. Saturday, the Alumni Association will host The Camaraderie Revisited, an alumni gathering in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Alumni who worked at the Cam as wait staff, cooks and bartenders during their college years will “work” during the event; some of the eclectic décor that survived the fire (including the wooden sign over the door) will be on display; and cheese curds prepared from the Camaraderie’s original recipe will be among the food and beverages for sale. Contact Alumni Director John Bachmeier at (715) 836-5189 or for details.

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A UW-Eau Claire sophomore is the third generation of his family to attend the university and to excel on the Blugold football team. Robert Allen King’s father and grandfather — both also named Robert King — are graduates of the university and of the Blugold football team. The late Robert H. King graduated in 1949 with degrees in geography and physical education. The Blugold football star later coached and taught in western and central Wisconsin, ending his career as a principal in Marshfield. His son, Robert A. King, also was a football standout for the Blugolds. He graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1974, and became a teacher, coach and principal in Ladysmith. Robert King II was one of Robert King’s five children, four of whom graduated from UW-Eau Claire and three of whom pursued careers in K-12 education and coaching. Robert King II’s son, Robert Allen King, is now a sophomore biology/pre-medicine major at UW-Eau Claire, as well as a member of the Blugold football team. Family member Susan Forcier is available to help reporters follow the family history, as well as help them connect with other family members. You can reach her at (715) 834-3287. You also can contact current UW-Eau Claire student Robert Allen King (Bob King III) at (715) 855-3512 or

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Blugold Fever Fest kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday near the Oak Pavilion at Carson Park. Blues rock recording artist Howard “Guitar” Luedtke will perform, providing Homecoming entertainment between the end of the Homecoming Parade and the start of the Blugolds’ 1 p.m. football game against Bethel College.

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Updated: September 29, 2003