(1947 SABER Yearbook)

 
January
Venice, Florida
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Around the 4th. of each January, nearly one half to two thirds of the corps of cadets gathered at the train station in Louisville to board our special "L&N" train for the trip down to South Florida. The basketball team has already departed the day before to make ready for their first Florida game scheduled that vary next week.
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"Close quarters on the train South!"
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Sleeping accommodations were not the best!
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"We're having fun now!..."
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The next day we arrived at the Venice train depot and were met by a few of the local townspeople who provided needed transportation to the Venice campus.  Some of us had to make this journey on foot experiencing one of our first bouts of Florida heat and humidity.
 

 

   
That first day back in Venice Col. Richmond gave us his famous "KMI vs. Venice" orientation speech.  Some of the finer points were about the virtues of good manners, self-control, water safety, and not to ware those transparent KMI shorts down to the Venice beach.


Being free during afternoons and on weekends, the new cadets soon discovered the wonders of the Venice drug store, the bowling ally, the D.Q., the Venice Chef, the Ringling Circus rehearsals at their winter quarters near campus (the chorus girls...), all kinds of water activities, and the Venice BEACH! 

The old cadets renewed those special friendships at the movies on Saturday nights.

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The Venice drugstore...
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The "D.Q."

 

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The Venice "Chef"

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The Venice BEACH
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"Water sports"
   

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Full dress Sunday parades ever other weekend and retreat parades ever thursday afternoon.
SEMESTER EXAMS

Everyone sweated out Semester Exams which took place at the very end of January or first couple of days of February.  Seniors struggled through Hamlet and physics.

(WEEKEND LEAVE)
"to be pampered by our vacationing parents..."

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