The rash of bicycle thefts on campus in the late ’70s and early ’80s wasn’t funny at all but President Hackerman’s story is definitely entertaining. This article appeared in an issue of On Campus, a charming internal publication, from the spring of 1981. Note that even while Norman complied with the use of the new bike lock, he complained that it was “a real pain.” I can almost hear his voice.
This photo was taken in 1982 so the bike must be the shiny, three-speed Schwinn that Lillie recovered after the theft. I love the suit coat stuffed into the basket. I bet he was on his way to the squash courts.
Bonus: As the size of the student body continues to grow, traffic on the inner loop and the sidewalks has gotten pretty wild. It’s not so much the bikes (although they are an issue) but the scooters and–heaven help us–the skateboards that sow the most chaos. Growing pains!