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The night the Kansas Union burned, April 20, 1970, Richard Louv recruited his buddies for a rescue mission. Louv, j’71, was editor of the 1970 Jayhawker yearbook, and his office was on the bottom floor of the union. “We ran into the union as it was burning,” he recalls. “There’s water coming through the ceiling, electrical wires hanging down and we’re running through three inches of water. But we got the stuff out.” “The stuff ” was a yearbook that Louv calls “a little different than ones that came before.” It was a product of the times: Bombs, molotov cocktails and gunshots erupted that spring on campus and in town.

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