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April 29th, 2010
University Star reunion to take place this weekend

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STAFF REPORT

An exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Texas State student newspaper, The University Star, will open to the public at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos Saturday in conjunction with an all-era Star staff reunion.

The museum will be closed Thursday and Friday for the mounting of the new exhibit and a special opening reception for former Star staff members attending a two-day anniversary kick-off reunion. The museum will re-open to the public for the 9 a.m. Cinco De Mayo Parade Saturday in downtown San Marcos. Regular 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday  hours will resume on May 6.

The Star exhibit is a natural for the LBJ Museum of San Marcos. Lyndon Johnson served as The Star’s editor-in-chief in the summers of 1928 and 1929, during his student days at what was then Southwest Texas State Teachers College. Editorials he wrote during those summers reflect his unusual maturity for the times. Two current museum board members and the operations manager are Star alumni.

The first Star was published in February of 1911, started by then student Fred W. Adams, son of the founder of Adams Extract and Spice Company. Adams persuaded the Southwest Texas Normal School administration to let him publish the newspaper, promising to pay for it himself, if he could not sell enough advertising to sustain it.

Just like the university, the Star’s name changed with the status of the school – Normal Star, College Star, University Star, and, for a few years, the Daily Star.

The reunion will open Friday with the Star’s fourth annual golf tournament at Quail Creek Country Club. The Florida Scramble format tournament will begin at 8 a.m. Early check-in and campus tours will begin at 2 p.m. at the Star office in the Trinity Building. At 4 p.m., the public is invited to the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, located on the courthouse square at 131 North  Guadalupe Street, for the exhibit opening and reception.

Friday evening will be dedicated to satellite era or decade group gatherings at varying locations around town. The “old timers” group — alumni from the 1960s back — will gather at the Saltgrass Steakhouse.  The 1970s gang is headed to the Newton Gang’s Get Away on the corner of Hopkins Street and Guadalupe Street in downtown San Marcos. The 1980s and 1990s group will be at Grin’s. Star alumni from 2000s will gather Saturday afternoon at Lucio Park, across Cheatham Street from The River Pub, for a barbecue.

Invitations were mailed to more than 600 Star alumni, former Pedagog yearbook editors and friends for this decade’s third all-era Star reunion.  With the spring 2010 kick-off reunion scheduled, current and former Star staffers can celebrate the publication’s centennial throughout the 2010-2011 academic year.

Current University Star editor Amanda Venable, a second-generation Star staffer, chaired the reunion committee that planned reunion activities.  Reunion details may be viewed on the Star website at www.universitystar.com.

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