“The Has-Beens”


They’ve done so much for us, and now it’s time for the Wake Forest Historical Museum to formally thank that wonderful group of supporters known as “The Has-Beens.”

Led by Abe Elmore (WFC ’55), “The Has-Beens” are old friends from the Old Campus. All are former athletes and Alpha Sig fraternity brothers who, along with their wives, still get together to tailgate before home games in Winston-Salem and to support causes close to the hearts of Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society.

Numbering about 150 strong, “The Has-Beens” have done more for the Wake Forest Historical Museum than any other single group. They have long supported our efforts, assisted in the preservation of the Calvin Jones House, and led the charge to plan and construct our new facility. In face, Abe Elmore and Jack Murdock (WFC ’57) joined forces to chair the Society’s Capital Campaign a decade ago… raising the funds needed to construct our state of the art 7,000 square foot addition.

Elmore, Murdock and Bill Barnes (first All-American quarterback from WFC) will be among the speakers scheduled to talk about their days on the Old Campus at our 2012 Annual Meeting, and to tell stories about the sports and personalities that made Demon Deacon history.

The Birthplace Society is so very pleased to recognize the accomplishments of this group of friends… who’ve stuck together for half a century… by presenting “The Has-Beens” organization with this year’s Distinguished Service Award. These men and women have consistently and loyally served our mission to “preserve the history of Wake Forest, both college and town,” and members of the group in attendance will receive a special recognition.

We are very thankful for all they do.

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