Washington State Magazine

Winter 2007

Winter 2007

In This Issue...


Time will tell :: Climate change is nothing new to our planet. But this time it's different. The carbon dioxide we are putting into the air through industry, vehicle emissions, and deforestation is changing the way our soil works. That in turn affects plant, animal, and eventually human life. Through their research Washington State University scientists are challenging the conventional view that more plants and forests will solve our CO2 problems. By Cherie Winner

Into the woods :: Unseen worlds live behind the bark and beneath the trees in Pacific Northwest forests. Scientists Jack Rogers and Lori Carris have made careers out of discovering these worlds and studying them. We go into the woods with them to glimpse the secret lives of fungi and their roles in nature. By Hannelore Sudermann { WEB EXCLUSIVEGallery: The Collectors - A photographic sampling of some of the more prominent local fungi collectors and their contributions. }

Secrets & spies :: The Office of Strategic Services, our country's first centralized intelligence agency, was formed during the Second World War to train men and women in the arts of sabotage and espionage and then to send them around the world to protect our nation's interests. Among the many Washington State College students and alumni who served in that conflict, five friends and classmates trained together in the OSS, then went to North Africa, Italy, England, and China to help win the war. By Hannelore Sudermann


{ WEB EXCLUSIVEGallery: Field Camp Plus 50 - A nostalgic look at the archaeological dig by Richard Daugherty and his students on the Snake River in 1957—and the group's reunion on the same site 50 years later. }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVEVideo: Meet the scientist - In a series of four brief videos, WSU microbiologist Cynthia Haseltine talks about her research on DNA repair and the causes of cancer. }


:: IN SEASON: Pears

{ WEB EXCLUSIVEVideo: Apple Cup revisited - Photos, film, and colorful programs for this historic contest. }

Tracking the Cougars

Cover illustration: Photoillustration by David Scharf and John Paxson, based on Scharf's photomicrograph, Pollen Mix.

1950 Apple Cup game program

1950 Apple Cup game program

One Hundred Apple Cups

by | © Washington State University

The first contest between cross-state rivals Washington State and the University of Washington took place on a muddy field in Seattle in November 1900. The Washington Agricultural College "Farmers," as we were known then, made the 290-mile trek from Pullman to Seattle to play the UW "Sun Dodgers" in the pouring rain. The match ended in a five-to-five tie.

Because the two teams will play their 100th game together this year, we thought we'd take a look back at the history of that long relationship.

Meeting up with the UW just after the turn of the century was a spotty endeavor. After the first five annual matches--a tie, one win, and three losses for Washington State--the rivalry went on hold for two years. Then we met for another two years, but skipped a few seasons through the early teens. It's not that Washington State didn't have an organized team. In fact, during one missed season, 1915-16, we went to the Rose Bowl. But in the early years, the University of Washington always demanded we go to Seattle for the game, says Dick Fry, retired director of WSU sports information and author of The Crimson and the Gray, a history of the WSU Cougars. Back in the early 1900s, Washington State's athletic director, Fred "Doc" Bohler, said, "Hey we're not going to go over there every year," according to Fry, who says that the Cougs had no trouble finding games, playing teams like Oregon, the University of Southern California, and Montana.

The rivals skipped two more years starting in 1943, when Washington State, along with Idaho, Oregon, and Oregon State, cancelled football for the duration of World War II. The Cougars didn't see the Huskies again until 1945. The two teams haven't missed a contest with one another since.

Until 1962, the annual WSU-UW game was known as the Governor's Cup. Then Washington's apple industry started a sponsorship, and the historic contest was renamed. This year, Boeing joined the fun with a four-year sponsorship of around $1 million.

Categories: Athletics | Tags: Apple Cup, Football

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