To SIU graduates, the image of the Paul and Virginia fountain is one of the icons of the campus. Located on the Old Main Mall on campus - well, from spring to fall, anway - the fountain was a gift from the class of 1887. Wouldn't it be nice if every graduating class presented something to the campus to stand as a memorial to having been there?
The Paul & Virginia Fountain was featured on Michael Feldman's "Whad'Ya Know?" radio program on June 1, 2002 when the show was broadcast live from Shryock Auditorium, just steps away from the fountain on campus. Listen to the quiz in hour two of the show for the story.
If you heard the broadcast back in 2002, you may remember Bubba, the star of the quiz. Yes, there was a Bubba randomly selected when he called in to play the quiz from southern Illinois. Can you imagine that? Well, as we southerners know, a real Bubba, like the one who called in that day, knows his stuff. He aced the quiz and charmed the radio and live audiences along the way!