Homecoming, then and now
Much about Homecoming on the Hill remains the same as it was in 1963 when Lois Chilcoat Meszaros was crowned Homecoming queen. This year’s Oct. 19 gathering will no doubt spark many a memory as she watches McDaniel take on the F&M Diplomats.
Then, as now, there were floats, and a parade on Main Street and into the stadium. Cars lined the rim of the stadium bowl with proud Green Terror fans cheering on the home team.
The video was given to us by Lois Chilcoat Meszaros and filmed by her father, Russell Chilcoat.
The Green and Gold team gave 110 percent to defeat Randolph Macon 12-0, and during halftime the queen and her court – senior Carole Richardson (Baile), junior Alice Krizek (Bafford), sophomore Linda Mahaffey (Spear) and freshman Barbara Hetrick – were introduced amid whistles and hoorahs from Western Maryland fans.
Meszaros ’64, M.Ed. ’72, who has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is director of clinical services at Chimes, remembers it all: The giant chrysanthemum corsage on the suit specially selected for the parade. Introducing the court to college president Lowell Ensor and presenting his wife, Eloise, with a bouquet of flowers. Her sorority, Phi Alpha Mu, announcing on their float, “Your Queen is Our Queen.”
She remembers the Grand Ball that nearly everyone attended and danced to “Blue Velvet,” “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “Surfin’ USA.” And painfully clear is her memory of her nervousness at having to sit with the Ensors – and wondering what she would find to talk about.
“They made me so comfortable, and Mrs. Ensor chatted with me through the entire game,” says Meszaros, whose grandson Kevin Wolf is currently a first-year student at McDaniel.
But Meszaros will also note at this year’s festivities that there’s a brand new stadium named for Ken Gill ’61, a field of artificial turf, a skyline reflecting more buildings, and a Homecoming king as well as a queen. In fact, today, each class has two representatives, male and female.
Of course there will be celebrations – tailgating on the sidelines and parties on campus later in the evening – but the formal dance is long gone. Queen Kelini Coker of Abingdon, Md., and king Daniel Alegebeye of Silver Spring, Md., will be introduced at halftime along with juniors Jenn Panek of Crofton, Md., and Foster McDaniel of Hendersonville, Tenn.; sophomores Kelsey Minyon of Millville, Del., and Tim Jarosinski of Towson, Md.; and first-year students Lina Kasaitis of Crofton, Md., and Quentin Watson of Hagerstown, Md.
In time-honored tradition, alumni across the decades will tailgate and cheer on the Green Terror as they take on Franklin and Marshall at 1 p.m. during Homecoming 2013.