September 19, 2017 – “User Error”

Welcome back to another installment of The Archive of An Intern!

Today was another of those days where best laid plans needed to be scrapped and improvising was the key: always have a back up! Also, there are some updates regarding next week as well as other developments that have changed thanks to Irma, but it was not something too serious to worry about.  I was originally going to be attending seminar of some sort today and the hours would have gone to my internship, but it had been cancelled. Ms. Rubin said she would update me when word of it being rescheduled or something like it was scheduled in the future. She also informed me that she was going to be out all next week, but she was going to have myself as well as another intern learn under Chris (one of the staff) on how to deal with large files. I was wondering when this would be scheduled, so it is nice to know what to expect next week. Today, however, was about of the antithesis of planning.

I intended to continue watching the UCF versus Georgia University 1999 game, but another intern was using the VCR. I was going to focus on going through the DVDs in the first box that been donated in 2006, but I looked at the titles and there was something familiar about them. Just to be sure, I used a computer to view the contents and my suspicions were confirmed. It was the same footage I had been working through on the VHS tapes. I noted it to Ms. Rubin and she advised that I make note of it on the criteria papers I had been using.

After that, I switched over to listening to the audio cassettes that were in the collection. Admittedly, it took longer because I was having difficulties finding something that could play them, but thankfully one of the staff, Burak, was able to help set up a player and I could work on them.

There were four audio cassettes that were reviewed today. I had originally thought three of them were copies of the other, but after listening to two of them I realized they were three parts of the same event. Most of my time today was listening to the Sunshine Network Radio broadcast of the UCF vs. Yale game from October 2, 1993. I learned Michael O’Shaughnessy was a contributor that often featured from 1990 to 1994 to the radio broadcast team and was present during this game. The game was excellent and the last five minutes were full of shocking developments such as David Rhodes recovering a fumble and scoring a touchdown within the last minute of the game where the Knights were down by one point.

The fourth cassette is still a mystery. It is about a five minute audio clip that was from a game between UCF and Eastern Kentucky University at the Citrus Bowl. There have been ten games between the Knights and the Colonels and six were at the Citrus Bowl. The record of the Knights against them are abysmal with three to seven record. There were no indication of which game this recording was from, so it remains a mystery.

That pretty much wraps up today. With everything returning back to normal, expect a post on Friday as well as a weekly review post. Hopefully, I can finish the VHS tape on Friday, but time will tell. Until then, good knight and goodbye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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