Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Looking Back: December 28

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Looking Back: December 28

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The St. Francis Apartments building on the northwest corner of Greensboro Avenue and 12th Street awaited the wrecking ball. The building was being razed to make way for a new federal courthouse and office building.

Two Tuscaloosa postal employees with a total of 78 years of service retired: Russell E. Bell, superintendent of the downtown station, and Jesse F. Pugh, a city letter carrier.

Nebraska coach Bob Devaney said his players were sluggish and should eat less and stay out of the water for the next couple of days as they prepared to meet Alabama in the Orange Bowl. Crimson Tide coach Paul "Bear" Bryant allowed his team more contact work than he usually permitted one of his bowl teams.

The first baby born in the New Year at Druid City Hospital was born to Mr. and Mrs. Billy Ray Crain of Peterson.

E.J. Shipp retired from the post office after delivering mail in the rural sections of north Tuscaloosa County for 45 years.

Alabama beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl 39-28. Alabama's blazing attack was triggered by quarterback Steve Sloan and flanker Ray Perkins in the first half and the tough running of Steve Bowman and Les Kelly in the second. Sloan had 20 pass completions in 29 tries for 296 yards and two touchdowns for an Orange Bowl record. Perkins caught nine, all in the first half for 159 yards, also an Orange Bowl record. "If anybody's No. 1 now, I guess we're it," said coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

The Alabama Crimson Tide lost linebacker Spencer Hammond for the Fiesta Bowl; Hammond started all 11 games for the Tide this season. He suffered a torn posterior cruciate in his right knee in practice, according to coach Gene Stallings. However, Alabama had "a good week of preparation" for its appearance in the Fiesta Bowl against Louisville, Stallings said. Alabama would become the first SEC team to play in the 20-year-old Fiesta Bowl.

Alabama suffered an embarrassing loss in the Fiesta Bowl 34-7. Sports editor Cecil Hurt said, "What had been bad for Alabama all year - the offense - remained bad. What had been good - the defense, the kicking of Philip Doyle and the indomitable spirit - went bad as well." It was not the worst bowl loss in Alabama history; Nebraska demolished the Tide 38-6 in the 1971 Orange Bowl.

Stillman College received a renewed accreditation for 10 years from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The largest ongoing project in West Alabama was the new Oliver Lock and Dam on the Warrior River at Tuscaloosa which was started in 1987. Officials expected it to be in use by the summer.

More than a half-million dollars in restitution for bad checks was collected for local merchants during 1990 through the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney's Worthless Check Unit.

Phase IV of the Riverwalk project was complete. …

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