Kansas Basketball 50 years ago.

A young Max Falkenstien

Last night, as a part of the half-centennial festivities, each fan was given a reprinted version of the inagural souvenir program from the very first game in Allen Fieldhouse. It contained, among other things, ads, a scoring table and a number of articles about Allen. A very very cool addition, in my opinion. Now, even if you weren't there, you can see what life was like back then by clicking here to see the PDF version of the program, from which the cool picture of a young Max Falkenstien was taken. Said Falkenstien, who broadcast the '52 championship and who is still broadcasting every game, of the Rock Chalk Chant, "It's a hymn that sends one clear message: Not that the end is near, but that the end has arrived." If you've never been to Allen Fieldhouse, you should listen to this clip of the Rock Chalk Chant that I recorded last night. If you've been there, heck if you were there last night, it's a pretty cool souvenir - the final four minutes of our final four seniors (right click to download to your hard drive if you like).

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