David Greer’s Memories!

My name is David Greer and I lived in the Stadium from 1982-1986.

I lived in Unit N all 4 years. I was also the Cafeteria Inventory Manager (CIM) for the 2 years before moving out and when they renovated the 1960 section with the cafeteria.

I have a bijilion memories from stadium life and some life long friends. In fact, I am coming to the 85th celebration this weekend with the woman who introduced me to my wife. I may share a story or two from my time there and will share the blog with other alum to try to get them to share as well.

Reflections On Stadium Dorm Life

It seems like just yesterday when I arrived at Ohio State University to begin my college career. I had been awarded the Stadium Dormitory Scholarship during my senior year at Mt. Healthy high school. I was assigned to Unit Q that was located on the second floor just north of the future location of the press box elevator.

The 12 residents of Unit Q were me; Richard Levin, my roommate; Jim Kvach; Gerry Lanham, my best friend in high school; Mike Northrup; David Ross; Tom Thomas, unit leader; Ted Angus; Gary Rich; Mike Segal; Gary Greene and Phil Guilliams.

The entire dormitory was invited to a ‘Smoker’ in the cafeteria on the first night. Rum Crooks were passed out to anyone brave enough to smoke one. Joe Witteman, dorm director, introduced the resident advisors and the dorm office holders. Future events were reviewed. A tour of the dormitory was conducted. Over the next few days each resident was assigned to a work detail. I opted to work in the kitchen and was lucky enough to be assigned to ‘salad prep’. I still remember how to make enough cole slaw to feed over 300 dorm residents.

My additional work detail hours were spent working with Chuck Shelley and the FPC (Facilities Planning Commission). The FPC was responsible for remodeling work around the dormitory. Two immediate tasks were finishing the TV lounge located next to the office and putting down a tile floor in the office before the first home football game. The FPC stayed up all night on a Friday to get the job done.

Unit Q was located just below Unit’s M & N that was the home for the infamous ‘Chicken Little Society’. The members were easily identifiable when wearing their distinctive green sweat shirts with the ‘Colorform’ yellow chicken emblem. They were the practical jokers of the dormitory that often got unfairly blamed when things went wrong.

A prank involving Joe Witteman’s VW beetle almost backfired. It was discovered that the space between the outside wall of Ohio Stadium and the concrete stairs leading to ‘A’ deck was a perfect fit for a VW. Several dorm residents lifted the VW and moved it so that it was wedged sideways in the space. The car was filled with crushed newspapers and hidden behind the large trash barrels used during football games. The VW was missing for several days, when it was discovered a cigarette was found on the floor of the car. Luckily no damage was done but all parties involved had to clean out the old kitchen storage area located on the ground floor of the stadium.

One of the most enjoyable events during the yea was the annual Christmas decorating contest. Each unit decorated their area based on a theme. Unit Q used ‘The Peanuts Gang’ for its theme. Mike Northrup was a gifted sketcher who created two large murals depicting Charlie Brown and his friends. Each room in the unit was also adorned with a ‘Peanuts’ character with a distinctive quote. Our unit was awarded a first place ribbon for its work.

Tom Blackstone, a Stadium Dorm resident and captain of the cheerleading squad, ran for homecoming king. Dorm residents were recruited to help in his campaign. We traveled to various dormitories and sororities and put on a show to help generate votes. Unfortunately, he did not win. Some other memorable events that occurred during the year were a mixer with the nurses at Riverside hospital, a toga party that almost put the Stadium on social probation, the annual Christmas and Valentines dance, the May Week festivities in the St. John’s field house and the party to end all parties – the annual ‘Playboy Party’ that I believe is now known as the ‘Escapade’ held in the Ohio Stadium press box.

I still look back at the four years in the Stadium Dormitory as some of the best years of my life!




In 1974, Charlie Dailey Made Dorm Life More Comfortable!

To the University, he was just a maintenance worker.  But to the 1974 residents of the Stadium Scholarship Dormitory, Charlie Dailey was one of the most important men on campus because he worked to make their lives more comfortable.

Being the only maintenance worker in the dorm Daily did everything from plastering to plumbing.  “Most of the things I know I’ve learned over the years just doing work for myself”, Dailey said.  “You know, you pick up little things here and there and just do your best to remember them so you can do things for themselves.”  Dailey said learning odd jobs has proved useful in his job.

Strangely enough, Dailey feels he has a brotherly, rather than a fatherly relationship with the dorm members even though he’s 30 years older than most of them.  “I don’t know why it turned out like that.  I just know that I try my best to communicate with the guys and they all seem to accept me as one of them.” He said.  “Anyway, it makes me feel a lot younger,” added the 54-year-old Dailey.

His equipment room is always unlocked, and Dailey speaks highly of the trust exchanged within the dorm.  “Nothing’s been stolen from me in the five years that I’ve been here,” he said while beaming one of his frequent smiles.  “If anyone ever wants to borrow anything from me, they always leave a note in my office, telling me what they took and when they’ll bring it back.  I’ve learned that if I trust them, they trust me.”

Although Summer Quarter gets a little lonely because the dormitory is closed, Dailey said he has 3 students helping him.  “I’ve found that students are as good or better workers than you could ever ask for” Dailey added.  “Working with the kids makes me feel good because I’m helping them and I’m helping myself.”

He said one of the biggest maintenance tragedies happened during Christmas vacation 1971 when cold air, seeping in from underneath the windows, froze some radiators and broke them.

Dailey compared his times in the dormitory to the time he spent in the Navy.  “It’s like a big family,” he said.  “Everyone does their best to help each other out and it’s really a nice place to be.”  Unlike some people who might get angry about having too much work to do, Dailey never complains.  “If the guys break stuff it doesn’t bother me because if they wouldn’t, I’d be out of a job!”  “Actually, I think my job is great because I’m always kept busy and every once in awhile, I get to talk to the boys,” Dailey said.