Crazed College Football Fan Kills Legacy Tradition in Alabama
When it comes to infamous assassins, they tend to get called by their full name. For example, look at John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald. These historic characters were nobody's until their deadly decisions changed the history of a Nation.
We can now add Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr. to that list, who in a different fashion, may have changed the state of Alabama forever.
In this case, Updyke is an over zealous Alabama fan that chose to hurt the Tiger Pride community of Auburn to the core. He maliciously attacked a school tradition and took out a natural attraction that is irreplaceable.
His crime? He spiked the two trees that made up Toomer's Corner — The intersection of Magnolia and College streets in Auburn, which marks the transition from downtown Auburn to the university campus. It is named after Toomer's Drugs, a small store on the corner that has been an Auburn landmark for over 130 years.
The way he did this was by drilling holes in the base of the famous Toomer's Tree and spiking them with tree killing herbicides. According to Wikipedia, the trees "are two massive old-growth oak trees, and anytime anything good happens concerning Auburn, toilet paper can usually be found hanging from the trees. Also known as "rolling the corner", this tradition is thought to have originated in the 1950s to celebrate away victories; however, in recent years it has become a way to celebrate anything good that happens concerning Auburn. On January 10, 2011 when Auburn Football won the BCS National Championship game, a celebration was held at the corner which involved the traditional papering."Continued on the next page