With the end of World War II, Homecoming was reborn in 1946 and
entered its "classic" era. Homecoming became one of the most important
events on the student calendar and was also well attended by the alumni.
It was celebrated with ever increasing enthusiasm and extravagance.
The 1946 Homecoming celebration featured a parade with twenty-two
floats. Two all-school dances, one a ballroom dance and the other a
square dance, followed the traditional Friday night pep rally and
bonfire. Capitalizing on the new team name adopted in 1941, "Chippewas,"
"Indian pageantry" was added to the event. The 1946 Homecoming also
marked the election of the first Homecoming queen.
the 1950s Homecoming grew ever larger. Floats became more elaborate.
The election of a queen involved increasingly complex activities. Over
time the supporters of various candidates for queen paid for ads in the
campus newspaper, mounted loudspeakers on cars to turn out the vote, and
even "bombed" the campus with fliers thrown from an airplane. By the
late 1950s the post game formal dance had become so popular that all who
wanted to attend could not be housed under a single roof. Thus two
balls were held. One was held in Finch Fieldhouse. A second ball was
housed in Keeler Union and later, after Keeler was closed, in the University Center.
far more complex than in the pre-war years, Homecoming still retained
the touch of the irreverence found in the pre-war rushes and class
hijinks. Most representative of this aspect of Homecoming during the
classic period was Elvira Scratch. One of the events longest running
gags, Elvira was the Veterans' Club never very serious candidate for
queen. Between 1952 and 1981 Elvira changed her appearance annually but
always bore a marked resemblance to one of the club's more extroverted
members in women's clothing. She shaved neither her beard nor her legs,
disdained showers, wore a tasteless dress, and was frequently seen with a
beer in hand. Her float in the parade was often outlandish. One year
she rode a manure spreader while another year she sat atop a toilet.
Beside from her parade floats, she is also remembered for her annual
effort to dash onto the football field at half-time to kiss the most
senior member of Central's administration unlucky enough to come within