Online Finds Shivers says the dawn of the Information Age turned his personal archives into a public service. “I would look at my programs occasionally, but it wasn’t something I did every day. But then, the internet happened. And message boards happened, and people started talking about OSU sports. And I like to be where people are talking about OSU sports.” Connecting with like-minded Pokes on popular fan forums, such as OrangePower.com, Shivers saw that he possessed a unique asset. “For whatever it’s worth, I got a reputation for always being able to find a photo,” he says. “I had this resource, and it didn’t appear that anyone else did because nobody was putting pictures in these discussions. Every now and then, somebody would mention a player from the past, and I would look and see if I had a picture. If I did, I’d scan it and post it. People seemed to like that. I think they probably like that more than just another guy’s opinion because everybody has those, and most people only listen to their own. “They’re not my pictures. I’m not trying to sell them. They’re just things I have access to. Why not share them with other OSU fans?” Posting under the moniker “casdas” (a combination of his wife’s and his initials), Shivers says he gets frequent requests to find forgotten images. Part detective, part librarian, Shivers cross-references game programs, media guides and a number of Redskin yearbooks to locate past players or settle an online argument about uniform styles back in the day.
“IT’S NOT HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT THINGS, NECESSARILY. IT’S FAN ITEMS.” — DOUG SHIVERS “There was a discussion one time speculating on old uniforms and the color combinations because most of the photos people have seen from those days are black and white. I’ve got a football card of an OAMC player in color, so I posted it. A guy sent me an email out of the blue and said he had a jersey like that. I said, ‘Send me a picture. I’d love to see it. And if you ever think about getting rid of it, let me know.’ “He emailed me back and says, ‘Well, my wife thinks it’s time for me to start getting rid of some stuff.’ So I drove to Edmond and met this old football player for Oklahoma A&M named Bob Namken. He actually gave two jerseys to me. I passed one on to a buddy who’s also into OSU memorabilia.” Shivers kept a black jersey bearing No. 85 in white with orange and white stripes on the sleeve. “There’s a picture in the 1950 Redskin that shows Alex Loyd wearing number 85. He was a receiver from Stigler, Oklahoma. He still holds the record for most receptions in one game — 16 catches against Kansas, his senior year, 1949.
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