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This month In Print features a unique book compiled by Associate Athletic Director and Sports Information Director David Plati, who takes readers on a memorable journey through more than 130 years of CU-Boulder football in University of Colorado Football Vault, The History of the Buffaloes.
Published in a narrative scrapbook format, the hefty book contains historical photos and memorabilia from football’s humble beginnings at CU-Boulder in 1890 and ending with the Independence Bowl against Alabama in 2007. Tucked into numerous pockets throughout the book are reproductions of game tickets, programs, postcards and decals compiled from the athletic department’s extensive archives. These replicas include a copy of Fred Folsom’s 1905 coaching contract, a statistics list from the 1938 Cotton Bowl, TV vital statistics for the 1951 “experimental” televised game with Lincoln, Neb., and a commemorative card for 2006 Football Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Anderson.
Plati grew up in New York and made his way west to attend CU-Boulder, graduating in1982 with a bachelor's degree in public relations. While attending CU-Boulder, Plati worked as a student assistant and statistician, and served four years as the information director for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. In 1984 he became sports information director (SID) for CU-Boulder making him the youngest SID in the nation. This is Plati’s second book, the first being University of Colorado National Championship 1990 published in 1991.
What inspired you to take on this project?
Well, to be honest, it was more of an assignment. It’s a national series and other schools also have produced similar versions - Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama and Georgia for example. But CU was one of the first 10 the publisher produced, and they plan on about 40-50 more from what I can tell. They approached our licensing director seeking potential authors, and I decided to do it so we would have full editorial control. I was worried that if they had selected a member of the local media, the chance would exist that they would overly dwell on the few negative aspects of our history and our fans don't deserve that.
You’ve been with CU-Boulder for more than two decades and probably know quite a bit about football history. While conducting research for this book, did you learn anything that surprised you?
I wouldn’t say there was a lot that surprised me, but there were things that I never had a reason to know or research. Most of those fell in the first half of the 1900s, and the old CU yearbooks were most valuable in helping me piece together our history for the first 40 or 50 years.
What do you want readers to take away from this book?
A feeling that we do have a solid athletic tradition here and that it has been a big part of the overall fabric of the university.
This seems like the quintessential book for Buff football fans. What feedback have you received about the book so far?
I’ve signed something like 1,000 copies and I’m a little embarrassed by that, though it is an obvious compliment. The feedback has been nothing short of terrific, but I think it has more to do with the collection of photographs and knickknacks that are included in the book, and rightfully so. There are only about 25,000 words in there, which is really not a lot; the extras make the book, and it’s a credit to those before me and in other areas of the university, like the Heritage Center and Western Archives, who saved photos and other materials that helped to tell our story.
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