There was a time when four UTPD officers partied like it was 1794.
The University of Tennessee celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1994. The officers—at the request of the UT Board of Trustees—provided security at the board meeting in period costumes.
They rented the clothing from Big Don the Costumer—then in the Old City—and appeared at the meeting at the Ramsey House as two military officers, a frontiersman and a cowboy.
Pictured in the 1994 photo are, from left, UTPD Lieutenant Jim Underwood, Officer Anthony Bowman, Sergeant Dale King, and Lieutenant David Pace.
Underwood recalls that the officers wore their UTPD-issued guns in shoulder holsters under the costumes. Two wore swords to compliment the outfits.
“I remember the meal they served was awesome,” Underwood said. “We had bear steak, boar sausage and field greens. Everything was period-appropriate.”
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