Quad has been home to crowds for decades

Quad has been home to crowds for decades

Monday's taping for the The Ellen DeGeneres Show wasn't the first time a festive crowd gathered at the Quad. Here are five others.

Oct. 24, 1960

Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy speaks to an estimated 10,000 people on the Quad on a chilly Monday morning.

Sept. 15, 1960

Republican vice presidential candidate Henry Cabot Lodge speaks to an estimated 6,000 people on the Quad.

March 19, 1984

Singer/songwriter Carole King performs music and Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart speak to an estimated 3,500 people on the south side of the Illini Union.

March 1974

"Streaking," or running naked, through the Quad attracted thousands of people for a few nights in 1974. For some reason, no one bothered to take a count of the number of people gathered on the Quad to watch.

Hash Wednesday

For several years in the 1970s and '80s, thousands of people would come to the Quad on the third Wednesday in April to protest drug laws and smoke marijuana.

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pattsi wrote on February 25, 2014 at 8:02 am

Ah, what about the visit of John Anderson when he was running for president.

Tom Kacich wrote on February 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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John Anderson's rally, which marked the end of his campaign for president in 1980, was inside the Auditorium, not outside on the Quad.

Ellen wrote on February 25, 2014 at 11:02 am

How did I manage to miss Carole King in 84'????????

Kell wrote on February 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm

People magazine did a feature on Professor Scanlan back in 1978. A lage group of students posed for a class photo on the steps of the Auditorium.