The memories of great times at Toomer’s Corner will live long after the Oaks are gone. One of my favorite memories happened in 1972. My mother was getting her hair done at Betty’s Beauty Bar – a salon on College Street. As the exciting moments of Punt Bama Punt began to take place the attention focused on the radio. When Auburn had the incredible win, everyone left to roll Toomer’s. Women will not leave at the half way point of a weekly hair appointment except for an emergency. This was a family celebration!
27 years later when lung problems made supplemental O2 a necessity for my mama, we took the portable oxygen and together watched the great tradition continue.
Years of rolling Toomer’s with family and friends followed the memorable score of 17-16. On quiet days the corner blessed by the oaks was a place to gather. The oaks stood strong as a symbol of all that is right. Many days would find me there with a camera in hand, with our grand trees framing hundreds of shots. When the last roll is thrown and the last picture is taken I will remember with smiles and tears the great parents who raised me to love Auburn and the wonderful friendships bound by orange and blue.
To me, the trees represent friendship. I’ve stood beneath those trees with old friends and I made new friends as we experienced the thrill of tossing toilet paper and celebrating all that is the Auburn spirit.
My favorite memory is from December 1985 - my freshman year. I will never forget barreling out of dorm 5 the night it was announced Bo Jackson won the Heisman Trophy. My lifelong best friend and Auburn roomie, Katy, and I made a mad dash to Toomer’s Corner (after a quick stop through Samford Hall for toilet paper). It was a sight to behold and I will never forget the pure joy and pride I felt that night to be an Auburn Tiger.
I am fortunate enough to have my own Toomer’s tree (thanks Katy!) and will roll it with enthusiasm! And as I do that, I will always be thankful for the friendships and the memories formed beneath those treasured Oaks.
I believe in Auburn and love it! War Damn Eagle!
Debbie Russell O’Brien ‘89