Hall of Fame displays Rose Bowl drum head
Purdue’s Big Bass Drum got an 80th birthday present from the College Football Hall of Fame.
One of its giant 2001 Rose Bowl heads is now on display at the popular museum in South Bend, and it’s hard to miss.
Collections manager Kent Stephens incorporated the drum head into the 30 foot tall theme sculpture that visitors walk through as they enter the Hall of Fame exhibit area. The sculpture, called “Pursuit of a Dream,” depicts a little boy dreaming of becoming a college football player, following his dream to reality and, as a result, becoming a role model for another little boy’s dream. Those who enter walk down a spiral ramp through the sculpture.
All kinds of memorabilia are incorporated in this sculpture with the latest addition being the Big Bass Drum head. “It really looks perfect,” says Stephens, who was delighted to obtain the head. The Hall of Fame also displays a Golden Girl outfit in its Pigskin Pageantry Room.
The Big Bass Drum sported the head on the first day of its 80th birthday year at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1, 2001.
In November 2001, the drum head will be featured on the Hall of Fame’s web site as “Memorabilia of the Month” so check it out at www.collegefootball.org
For anyone interested in visiting, the Hall of Fame is located at 111 S. St. Joseph St., South Bend. It is open every day except holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. From December through May it closes at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $4 children.