This footage was taken from old 8mm film reels belonging to Alyce Smith Krouse. We transferred this yesterday as part of our film-restoration work here at Media and Documentary Projects. The footage was shot by her grandfather, Armour Bowen from Memphis. This footage is a rare gem, as it shows in detail the warm smile and personality of the larger-than-life campus legend "Blind" Jim Ivy. It has also some great shots of Chuck'n Charlie Conerly (#42) in action!
These clips should inspire us all to be diligent with our own home movies and make sure they are preserved and transferred before the images on them are lost to the ages. What a great glimpse at the gameday atmosphere of 1947. Thank you, David and Alyce Krouse, for allowing us to share these films with others.
If you know of anyone with a “Blind” Jim Ivy story, please have them contact me, Micah Ginn, at 662-915-3475. We are currently compiling interviews toward a documentary on Blind Jim, and would love to hear from you!