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"OLD FAITHFUL": AUBURN HEADS WEST

A commercial inspired by a War Eagle Moment at Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

Jim and Beth NewmanOn a cold, rainy, and miserable day in June 1999, Beth Newman '86 and her husband Jim '93 were visiting Yellowstone National Park. While waiting to see Old Faithful, Newman spotted a brightly colored orange and blue umbrella amid a sea of dark raingear. She made her way through the crowd and said, “War Eagle” to the couple huddled under the umbrella. They talked for a few moments and watched Old Faithful erupt. The familiar, happy feeling that comes with being a part of the Auburn family washed over Newman.

This moment became the inspiration for “War Eagle Moment 2006: Old Faithful," filmed at Yellowstone National Park. Last year’s commercial, which was based on an airport encounter, won a Grand Award among peer universities from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Hundreds of Auburn alumni and fans wrote in to share their favorite “War Eagle moment” stories.




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BEHIND THE SCENES AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY'S "OLD FAITHFUL" PRODUCTION

The production crew generated rain with the help of a firetruck from Bridger Fire Department in Bozeman, Montana.



Despite the sunny skies, our cast endured five hours under umbrellas in the man-made rain.



Many thanks to the actors, extras and crew who participated in the shoot.



Old Faithful erupts roughly every 92 minutes and is a main attraction in Yellowstone National Park.



Orville BachAuburn's Ranger

Auburn alum Orville Bach Jr. '69 has seen Old Faithful erupt nearly 10,000 times during his 38 years of service as a Yellowstone National Park seasonal ranger. The now retired professor and author has made the West his permanent home. Watch as Bach recounts stories from Yellowstone.


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