82. “Clear the Track”

 

All non-athletic extracurricular activities, including the Triangle Club, were officially suspended in the spring of 1943 for the duration of World War II.  The University assumed control of McCarter Theatre during this period and the military leased the building for use by its trainees.  In November 1945, the University Committee on Undergraduate Activities agreed that Triangle “affords many valuable opportunities to the undergraduate body” and helped alumni relations, and thus should be reestablished. The first post-war show, Clear the Track, satirized the grandiose spectacle of the Princeton bicentennial in 1946-47 and received enthusiastic reviews from the Daily Princetonian and the media during its seven-city tour.  The title was borrowed from the song lyrics of “Going Back to Nassau Hall,” by Triangle alumnus and trustee Kenneth Clark ’1905.

  • To learn more about the Triangle Club, see icon #4 and 10, quotation #1, 22, 36, and 37, and Café Vivian picture #5, 13, 42, 103, 115, and 130.

  • To learn more about Kenneth Clark, see quotation #1 and Café Vivian picture #38.

  • To learn more about Princeton during World War II, see quotation #7 and 37, and Café Vivian picture #65, 88, 113, and 120.

  • To learn more about major University anniversaries, see quotation #6, 23, and 33 and Café Vivian picture #16, 18, 27, 34, 63, 65, 98, and 112.

  • To learn more about student life at Princeton, see icon #1, quotation #7, 9, 18, and 22, and Café Vivian picture #9, 12, 16, 18, 23, 24, 45, 53, 79, 84, 89, 92, 96, 97, 106, 109, 113, 115, 116, 117, 129, and 132.

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