Monday, October 6, 2008
If the students at Vanderbilt had a mother protector during our years on campus, it was probably Mrs. Claude Mize, who operated The Southerner Liquor Store at 1610 Church Street near campus. The only other person who would come close would be Mrs. John Rotier, who operated Rotier's Restaurant on Elliston Place.
Both women had special profiles in the CENTENNIAL COMMODORE our senior year.
Here are a few excerpts from the story on Mrs. Mize and the interview it contained:
"Vanderbilt has been very good to me. I depend on the Vanderbilt student. Even when my son went to Alabama to college, he always tried to get me to root for Alabama, but I always root for Vanderbilt...I helped one student pay his tuition and he sent it back to me eight months later."
"I get invited to lots of parties and affairs at Vanderbilt. I did go to one big party and they made me feel better than President Nixon at his re-election. They all yelled: "Hip, hip hooray, hip, hip, hooray, Mrs. Mize."
"Homecoming is usually my best time. I get to see all the old fellows I haven't seen for years. And some of them are the top Nashville people now. You know, celebrities."
"I appreciate the fact that girls are coming in now. They know they're free to come in and that they'll be taken care of just like everyone else. I enjoy this very much."
So 35 years later, what are your memories and stories about Mrs. Mize and The Southerner? Don't worry I am sure the statute of limitations has expired by now. Just click on the comments link below and tell us all about it. :)