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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2005 - Frontier Fiesta. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/9125/show/8922.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2005 - Frontier Fiesta. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/9125/show/8922

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Title Houstonian 2005
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Title Frontier Fiesta
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript Shasta and Sasha pose for a picture with a furture Cougar. Photo courtesy of Frontier Fiesta. sS 40 0?%*«Ue% 'pie&ta, t939-t94t ... ytt f&e- oe-tyCtt'ttcH'ty Standlee "Chief" Mitchell, considered patron saint of Frontier Fiesta, was said to have four careers at the University: teacher of English, head of the drama department, sponsor of Red Masque Players and dean of Student Life. But he is best remembered as the faculty sponsor of Frontier Fiesta. Walter W. Kemmerer sent Standlee Mitchell from the English Department to the drama department and thus formed Chief Mitchell's connection to Frontier Fiesta. The Red Masque Players and its predecessor drama club were the most active campus organizations in the era 1932- 1945. Ever mindful of the need to enhance enrollment at the fledgling University of Houston, Kemmerer envisioned Frontier Fiesta as an answer to student uneasiness over the lack of a sports program, and also served as a means of enhancing school spirit. The original Frontier Fiesta was presented only in the academic years of 1940 and 1941. The first Frontier Fiesta and the high school reception opened April 26, 1940. The arduous work of building Frontier City began in early 1940, but it rained and it rained and it rained, accompanied and hail - not ideal conditions for building a frontier city. Chief Mitchell - friend, confidante and trouble-shooter for the production - solved the problem by bringing in dozens of truck loads of sawdust. Kemmerer entreated "the entire student body to take part in the Frontier Fiesta, recreating for the people of Houston the good old days were men and women loved them for it'.' The many shows were spectacular: toothsome dancing girls in costumes — all singing, all dancing — made the Fiesta a successful event. When it closed, Kemmerer proudly announced that it had raised $2000 — twice the expected $1000 — and that every penny would be used in the building of a student recreation center. The 1941 Frontier Fiesta was equally successful, but without the maddening climatic conditions of the first. The original Frontier Fiesta was born into a world of impeding crisis. Second World War Selective Service registration began on campus in October 1940 and brought Frontier Fiesta to an abrupt halt, not to be born again until 1946. Frontier Fiesta was billed as "The Greatest College Show on Earth" and indeed it was. Story by Charles A. Saunders 41 gM It'