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April 30th, 2010
Museum exhibit kicks off University Star centennial celebration

by PAT MURDOCK

A reunion of former staff members of Texas State University student newspaper, the University Star, scheduled April 30 – May 1, 2010, will kick-off a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the university’s oldest continuously published student publication.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was twice editor of the University Star which is celebrating its centennial this year. The future president (right) is pictured here with fellow debate team member Elmer Graham and Professor Howard Mell Greene. LBJ LIBRARY AND MUSEUM PHOTO

Invitations to more than 600 Star alumni, former Pedagog yearbook editors and friends were dropped in the mail last week 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, is heading up a reunion committee that includes student publications staff and alumni. The committee has been meeting for the past few months to plan reunion activities.

The first Star was published in February of 1911. The student newspaper was started by then student Fred 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. He promised to pay for it himself, if he could not sell enough advertising to sustain it. Obviously it survived and thrived.

Just like the university, the Star’s name changed with the status of the school – Normal Star, College Star, University Star.

This spring’s reunion will give returning Star staffers the opportunity to tour the publication’s new home in what is now named the Trinity Building. Many former staffers will remember that it was the site of the campus print show for many years.

The reunion will open Friday, April 30, with the Star’s fifth annual Golf Tournament at Quail Creek Country Club. A continental breakfast and registration will begin at 8 a.m. followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The tournament will conclude with awards and a buffet meal at 2 p.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 LBJ Museum of San Marcos will host a reception at the museum, located on the courthouse square at 131 N. Guadalupe St. Lyndon Johnson served as summer Star editor-in-chief in 1929 during his student days at what was then Southwest Texas State Teachers College. Friday evening will be dedicated to satellite era or decade group gatherings at varying locations around town.

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