Where were you on April 4, 1988?

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

Today is the 25th anniversary of the historic NCAA tournament game by “Danny and the Miracles” and the KU men’s basketball team’s 1988 championship. Over on our Facebook page, we asked alumni and fans “Where were you? What’s your favorite memory?” Here’s a few of our favorite responses.

I was in Kemper watching the Jayhawks stun the Sooners! I was 25, working on my Masters and pregnant with my son. My dad was at the game with me and it is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ memories! We screamed, laughed and cried tears of joy! In 2008, that baby boy I was carrying was a sophomore at KU when we won it all again! Love my Jayhawks! — Janine G.

Danny Manning, 1988 NCAA Championship | www.kualumni.orgI was in Battenfeld Hall. We had to “borrow” toilet paper from other halls the next day – ours was in the trees. — Ulf B.

I was in NYC; moved there 2 weeks after walking down The Hill. Had to watch the game on a tiny B&W set…scared the neighbors at one point who knocked on my door thinking I was being murdered. The next morning my dad and mom called and told me they had already bought me a plane ticket home… wanted me to be back in Lawrence for the celebration. And, yes, I have great parents; die-hard Jayhawks! — Jennifer P.

We had a big watch party at home! It was a wonderful, exciting night! My husband worked at the Topeka Capital Journal at the time and we drove down there to get a newspaper hot off the press! That next morning, I went and got my personalized license plate “KU1NCAA” . I got the same one again in 2008! Love my Jayhawks! — Sheri W.

1988 NCAA Championship ticket | www.kualumni.orgAt our apartment with good friends. That was the year I became a Jayhawk fan without ever attending KU. My wife and I were newlyweds. I had moved back to U.S. from Brasil a year earlier and had landed an environmental consulting job in OP. Our TV set was tiny and B&W. I told my wife I was buying the largest color TV we could afford to watch the Final Four. We still have that 27-inch Sony that I cannot let go even though we have a LED 2 1/2 times larger. The old one is kind of a trophy that after 25 year still vividly shows the tradition and the best basketball program in the country doing their best, and making us proud of being their supporters. An extra incentive now is that our oldest child, André, is a traveling trumpet player with the Jayhawk pep bands and a music education major freshman at KU. It makes us double proud! Can’t wait for the 2013-2014 season to be back to Allen Fieldhouse. Rock Chalk Jayhawks, forever! — Otavio S.

Was a senior. Watched the game at Gammons with sorority sisters. Our picture made the front page of the K.C. paper the next day. Never high fived so many people as we did that night on campus. Loved the team doing the cabbage patch at the return rally the next day, at the football stadium, and Cinderella coming from Disney for the parade downtown. Most of my graduation video is of Danny Manning. Dad got distracted by the fact he was walking down the hill behind us. Great senior year memories!! — Cindy B.

We had just moved from NJ to OP, KS two days prior. None of our furniture was here yet. We went to Sears and bought a bunch of pillows and a TV and watched in our empty living room. I figured Kansas was going to be an alright place to live after that, and I haven’t left yet! — Lauren W.

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