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Yellow Jackets Fly By 100-year Mark


The first newspaper cartoon referring to Georgia Tech's football team as the Yellow Jackets appeared 100 years ago on Nov. 7, 1906. The Atlanta Journal illustration depicted a yellow jacket threatening a Georgia football player and warning, "Somebody's going to get stung." It wasn't until after the legendary John Heisman became head coach that Tech's gridiron warriors officially claimed the name that would have both a ring and sting to it. In an Atlanta Constitution article printed on Oct. 29, 1905, Heisman announced that he wanted the Tech team referred to only as the Yellow Jackets. Until that point, Georgia Tech's football players had been known as Blacksmiths, Techity Techs, Tech Boys and sometimes even Yellow Jackets. The colors varied too. Tech's colors of white and gold were often displayed as white and yellow. Tech teams often wore yellow jerseys back in those early days because gold-colored fabric was not available. Under Heisman, the jerseys may have been yellow, but the years were golden.


DramaTech Revival
 DramaTech Revival
Greg Abbott is the artistic director of DramaTech.

To celebrate its 60th year, DramaTech, under the direction of Greg Abbott will revisit plays that have captivated audiences over the past six decades. The curtain rises on the anniversary season with "The Lion in Winter," which will run Nov. 3-4, 8-11 and 15-18. Stephen Sondheim's controversial musical "Assassins" returns to Tech Feb. 23-24 and 28 and March 1-3 and 7-10. Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" will run April 13-14 and 18-21. Audiences will be treated to two one-act plays in the summer: "The Valiant," the first play performed by the group in 1947, and Samuel Beckett's "Act Without Words II." "Rumors" will be performed June 22-23 and 27-30 and July 4-7. The season will close with "Macbeth" in the fall of 2007.

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