John Baum, TE 1924


John Baum, TE 1924


This interview with Mr. Baum, 1924, was conducted by Shawn Allen on August 16, 1994 at Mr. Baum's home in Milledgeville, Georgia. Mr. Baum begins by explaining his reasons for attending Tech. He recalls his strict attention to monetary accounts. His total freshman expenses were $275. He then recounts stories of 'Froggy' Morton, Dr. Genz, and 'Big Doc' Emerson. The next memory includes the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and Coach Alexander's raise and salary. Following Coach Alex, Mr. Baum remembers fondly of a near-sighted professor and his slide rule. He remembers doing anything for money, including working at the Robbery and making a calendar to sell. He speaks highly of the Textile Department, especially Professor Charles Jones. He then talks about how he mischievously skipped ROTC drill to attend baseball practices. He recalls many baseball memories, including the embarrassment by Dr. Coon, a game against Ty Cobb, and a fight with Mercer. Mr. Baum recalls applying for a job with Arthur Murray; however, he decides to take a position at the post office. In regards to social life, he briefly tells of events at the Georgian Terrace, Brookhaven, and the women from Agnes Scott. He remembers that the Student Council was formed while he was at Tech. He has a strong recollection of the UGA rivalry and explains the lack of competition for several years. He speaks about the racial segregation at Tech and the peaceful desegregation of it due to Dr. Ed Harrison. One of his money raising enterprises included the 1924 calendar with the help of Al Staton which consisted of pictures of athletic teams, various clubs, students, and professors. He has many fond memories of his relationship with George Griffin including many golf excursions. One specific memory was being rendered unconscious by one of Griffin's golf balls. He briefly recalls some of his professors including Uncle Heine, Dr. Crenshaw, and the outstanding English Department. He also remembers one of Tech's prominent alumni, Fuller Callaway, who was one year behind him. Mr. Baum's involvement with Tech has been ongoing. He recalls graduating later from the Evening School of Commerce which was created by George Sparks. His continuing efforts led to his selection as an outstanding Tech Alumnus. Finally, he summarizes the problems of the Depression and the differences of today, such as his daughter commuting to Georgia State.


1994 August 16