Welcome back, everyone!
Today was a day that reminded me of my childhood with the material I reviewed and my future tasks were set up as I inch ever closer to completing the O’Shaughnessy Collection. I also had two articles to read as part of my daily readings and a choice of questions for me to answer that are due October 2, 2017. To top it off, there was a birthday celebration. There is quite a bit to cover and I will do my best to recall them, so without further delay this post will begin walking through this nostalgia bomb of a day.
To start this day off, I was presented with two articles to read as part of the weekly readings. The first was a February 1, 2017 highlight of the Computer and Video Game Archive at the University of Michigan from Mike Householder of the Associated Press titled “U. of Mich. video game cache serves as an archive, at play.” (https://apnews.com/b3cd2900e40742fbb1759596bc1551f3/u-mich-video-game-cache-serves-archive-play). The article interviews archivist Dave Carter and I could not help but relate to his story as the first video game console I played was my father’s Atari 2600, which Mr. Carter played as a kid as well. The article goes on to mention the struggles of such an archive as games are released in fast pace matter and the budget the archive is under (though, they do accept donations). I am aware that archiving video games, though more recent than other types of archives, has been growing in the last decade. I remember reading that the Smithsonian Institute was also collecting video games to put on display.
A more in-depth article by Rebecca Hernandez-Gerber was released by Archeogaming on February 9, 2015 (https://archaeogaming.com/2015/02/09/keeping-our-games-alive-video-game-archiving-and-preservation/). This article features the struggles the medium has with being accepted as a work of art, especially after the backlash the Museum of Modern Art received after announcing that video games were being added into the collections. It also explains why collecting video games are necessary to show how the medium affected the culture of today for posterity. The innovations of the industry highlighted by the article included the link cable for the Nintendo Game Boy and its relationship to the Pokémon franchise. I am very familiar with it and remember fondly as my brother and I used the cable to trade Pokémon from our respective Game Boy Color handheld consoles.
Along with the articles, I was given a list of questions that I was to pick three from and answer them. They are due by October 2 and are to be emailed to Ms. Rubin. I already have an idea on which ones I will be answering and I am thinking of posting them here, too, if there is a slow day in the near future. Today is not that day, though.
Ms. Rubin had me log on one of the computers and show me what I will be working on towards the end of processing the O’Shaughnessy Collection. It was very similar to what I was doing for the Florida Historical Society when I was an intern for them. I will be creating a finding aide for the database related to the collection. A lot of it will be updating them with new information from the 2013 additions (what I am currently working on), but nothing too complicated. Hopefully, this will happen after next week as Ms. Rubin will be away. If not, the United Daughters of the Confederacy Medals await me. There is still a couple of items to sift through in the O’Shaughnessy Collection, though.
Among the items was resuming to watch footage from the infamous UCF vs. UGA game broadcasted on the Sunshine Network from September 25, 1999. The game went downhill after Javier Beorlegui missed the field goal kick that would have put the Knights at 25 to 24 against the Bulldogs. Though, they successfully stopped Georgia from expanding their lead, the Knights could not clutch the win the last minute of the game as they kept getting penalty after penalty until they were at the 45 yard line with four seconds left in the game. I could feel Michael O’Shaughnessy’s frustration at this humiliating defeat as the recording stopped before the broadcast went into post game analysis. I might not be a deep football fan, but my even emotions were worked up though I had researched the results.
On a minor note, a commercial aired that promoted World Championship Wrestling themed MasterCard credit cards featuring the wrestler Sting (Steve Borden) and I was reminded of my childhood watching WCW Monday Nitro, though at the time of this commercial WCW was a shell of its former self. The company would be bought out by Vince McMahon of the now-WWE in 2001 and I watched that happen live on the last Monday Nitro. Sting, who was my favorite wrestler as a child, would retire in 2015 and be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame the next year. It was a surreal moment watching that commercial.
The last item I reviewed was a VHS tape titled “UCF.” It turned out to be an hour long special that aired on NBC WESH 2 from December 23, 2005 that looked back the Knights’ 2005 season as they prepared for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl that would happen the next day. It was UCF’s first bowl game, so this special was for that significance. Pat Clarke and others interviewed several of UCF’s Athletic Department Staff and there was a special look back at the 1979 football season which featured Coach Don Jonas and Michael O’Shaughnessy himself. After the special ended, it seems that the recording did not stop and the fourth episode of season one of Deal Or No Deal was after it and then the December 23, 2005 edition of NBC Dateline. Not sure how deep the rabbit hole goes with this one, but I will find out Monday.
To wrap up today, there was a special birthday celebration for one of the interns whose birthday was during Hurricane Irma. We held it at 1:30 PM and I stayed until after 2:00 PM as I had to leave. Aside from the wonderful fellowship, I never say “no” to free food.
With that, Friday’s activities are recorded in the blog. There is still the weekly review post to make, so expect that soon to round out the week. If that is not of interest, then this will be farewell until Monday. Please stay safe and enjoy the weekend! Bye!