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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1960 - Frontier Fiesta. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/6814/show/6543.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1960 - Frontier Fiesta. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/6814/show/6543

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Transcript FIESTA GROWS, THRIVES For the 1949 college show, a large plot of ground was set aside at the northwest side of the Science Building. Twice as many shows as the previous year satisfied the appetites of 50,000 people. In 1950, the number of performances changed from four nights to five. Students utilized every inch of the five-acre midway. Construction records were shattered with every show ahead of schedule by weeks. Objective of the '50 Fiesta was to raise money to build a swimming pool for the University. The $160,000 pool was opened in 1955 with $100,000 of the money contributed by Frontier Fiesta. The governor of Texas, Allan Shivers, signed the official Frontier Fiesta charter making the frontier town a real city, Fiesta City. Contests to find the ugliest, reddest, scrawniest, funniest, and longest beards were added to the contest to choose the best all around beard in Fiesta City. The 1952 listing of shows included the Bayou Queen, Tombstone Theater, Plugged Nickel, Wells Fargo, Crow's Nest, Stars and Bars, Golden Nugget, Rock 'N Rye, French Quarter, Bella Union, Silver Moon Saloon and the Firehouse Follies. Most of these names have become legend to the citizens of Fiesta City. In 1954, a scrawny, mean-looking red-bearded gent named Yosemite Sam made an appearance on the cover of the Fiesta program and has appeared on the program, in ads and promotional pieces concerning Fiesta ever since. Inside the pages of the '54 program was an explanation of the Joe Koppel award presented by the Alumni Association to the first place show each year. Joe Koppel, one of Fiesta's founders and the general chairman of the '41 show, was killed in World War II. With the 1956 Fiesta appeared new names sponsoring the Fiesta shows and concessions. Familiar names like Gan Bey and KDK became Sigma Chi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon after the local social clubs affiliated with national fraternities and sororities. LIFE MAGAZINE photographers attended the 1958 Fiesta, shooting pictures of the shows, the entertainers and the crowds for their publication. In the May 12, 1958 issue of LIFE, the headline "A Collegiate Celebration in a False-Front Town" introduced a two-page spread on the "Greatest College Show on Earth." By this time, Fiesta had started running six nights with a maximum of seven performances each evening. ORGANISM EXPERIENCES A CRISIS In 1959, Fiesta underwent a crisis in its evolution. Organizations that had been Fiesta's very life blood decided not to participate. There was talk of replacing Fiesta with another campus activity, one that would require less time and energy. The campus was split. Many wanted Fiesta to stay, many did not. The result was that organizations that wished, produced shows. Fiesta, smaller than usual, was fun, as always, but not quite the same. © 1960 Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. © 1960 Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 173