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‘Caturday: Vintage Madness

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: March 19, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Who’s giddy? Are we giddy? What is it about this time of year that makes the campus go a bit… um, mad? The photos above collected from the Library’s Belle Air¬†shelf seem to prove that V is not only for Villanova, but also very much for vintage vim, vigor & verve! And not only when in the vicinity of the vernal equinox! (Voila! You’re Velcome! ūüėČ)

Whatever.

Whatever.

Now, researching the term March Madness can lead you down into a tangley rabbit hole of trademark law Рpun intended, as it can be traced to the original, original origins of spring madness: the behavior of hares. Who can get a little frisky this time of year.

H.V. Porter

Porter

The best¬†part of the story, though, is the literary Illinois High School Association official who wrote for¬†the IHSA Magazine,¬†and¬†tied together scholarship, patriotism and basketball in lovely ways. His name was H.V. Porter, and he wrote¬†“Basketball Ides of March” in 1939.

 

From H.V. Porter’sBasketball Ides of March

Basketball Ides of March

The gym lights gleam like a beacon beam

And a million motors hum

In a good will flight on a Friday night; 

For basketball beckons, “Come!”

A sharp-shooting mite is king tonight.

The Madness of March is running.

The winged feet fly, the ball sails high 

And field goal hunters are gunning.

The colors clash as silk suits flash

And race on a shimmering floor.

Repressions die, and partisans vie

In a goal acclaiming roar.

On a Championship Trail toward a holy grail, 

All fans are birds of a feather.

It’s fiesta night and cares lie light

When the air is full of leather.

Since time began, the instincts of man

Prove cave and current men kin.

On tournament night the sage and the wight

Are relatives under the skin.

It’s festival time, sans reason or rhyme¬†

But with nation-wide appeal.

In a cyclone of hate, our ship of state

Rides high on an even keel.

With war nerves tense, the final defense 

Is the courage, strength and will 

In a million lives where freedom thrives

And liberty lingers still.

Now eagles fly and heroes die

Beneath some foreign arch

Let their sons tread where hate is dead

In a happy Madness of March

  • Henry V. Porter, 1939

 

May your weekend be full of shining moments, Nova Nation!¬†Go ‘Cats!!

Incidentally, Belle Air yearbooks are viewable during regular library hours. Ask for your desired year at the front desk and someone from our friendly staff will retrieve it for you!

 


Gannon, Tim. The Illinois man who coined ‘March Madness’. 3/14/2015. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3/19/16¬†http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-flashback-march-madness-spt-0315-20150314-story.html
Berger, Jonathan. Marching to Madness: Dual Use Trademarks after Illinois High School Association v. GTE Vantage,  
Hastings communications and entertainment law journal, 1999, 21, 785-829. Retrieved 3/19/16

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