Banners at Duke v. UNC Men's Basketball game, 1984

Duke Magazine Retro: "Uncle Terry Saves the Day"

As a former governor, Terry Sanford often used his political skills during his tenure as Duke president from 1970 to 1985. One of his best-known missives, the “Avuncular Letter,” was sent to the undergraduate students in 1984.

At once humorous and chiding, effective but gentle, the letter, signed “Uncle Terry,” is a triumph of Sanford’s acumen. The story behind the letter, however, tells the tale of the long-standing problem facing Sanford, as well as the path it set toward the creation of what we now know as “Cameron Crazies.”

Read more in the Fall 2017 Duke Magazine.