10 Years Ago: Warner Bros. nixes Pan­ther logo

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - NEWS - Com­piled by Jackie Brooks

50 Years Ago From the Her­ald and

Demo­crat in 1967 Richard (Dick) Lewis of Chicago, Ill., the mid­west­ern part­ner of Drew Films Inc., New York City, a former na­tive son, had his paint­ings on ex­hibit at the Siloam Springs Li­brary Art Gallery. An open­ing tea, with Ne­sika Fort­nightly club act­ing as hosts, ini­ti­ated the new­est phase of li­brary ser­vice. There were no for­mal cer­e­monies to mark the oc­ca­sion but it was hoped that many peo­ple would sign the guest reg­is­ter.

Lewis, son of the late Dr. and Mrs. R.W. Lewis, former Dean of Bi­ble at John Brown Univer­sity, lived in Siloam Springs as a young man. He stud­ied at John Brown Univer­sity, the Univer­sity of Arkansas and Ok­la­homa State Univer­sity, tak­ing his de­gree in art from the Amer­i­can Academy of Art in Chicago. Fur­ther stud­ies were pur­sued at Day­ton Art In­sti­tute, Day­ton, Ohio, and Chouinards in Los An­ge­les, Calif.

One of his early works, a wa­ter­color of a one-time Siloam Springs land­mark, Frank Hessler’s Black­smith Shop, was much de­sired for the lo­cal ex­hi­bi­tion but Lewis said it was hang­ing on a wall in Rockefeller Cen­ter in New York City. The wa­ter­col­ors on ex­hi­bi­tion here were drawn from a col­lec­tion as­sem­bled dur­ing a six weeks paint­ing jaunt through the Bri­tish Isles, France, Italy and Switzer­land.

30 Years Ago From the Her­ald-Demo­crat

in 1987

Scott Vachon of Siloam Springs was picked up by the Lit­tle Rock Wings 13 & Un­der AAU bas­ket­ball team. Vachon would play for the Wings at the National AAU Tour­na­ment to be held in Syra­cuse, N.Y., in Au­gust.

Vachon, who would be an 8th-grader at Siloam Springs Ju­nior High the next year, starred for the North­west Arkansas Blues AAU bas­ket­ball team. The Blues fin­ished 5th at the State AAU Tour­na­ment which was won by the Wings, one of the top AAU teams in the coun­try.

The team that won the State Tour­na­ment ad­vanced to the National Tour­na­ment and was al­lowed to pick up two ad­di­tional play­ers and add them to their ros­ter. Wings coach Henry For­rest was im­pressed by Vachon’s play at the Arkansas State Tour­na­ment and chose Vachon as one of the two play­ers to add to the Wings ros­ter.

10 Years Ago From the Her­ald-Leader in 2007 Ap­prox­i­mately three years ear­lier, a new logo was un­veiled for the Siloam Springs Pan­thers. The logo re­sem­bled an elon­gated di­a­mond with a large ‘S’ in the mid­dle.

Al­though the sym­me­try and color of the logo was changed from its orig­i­nal form, Warner Bros. in­formed Siloam Springs High School prin­ci­pal Char­lie Aber­nathy by fax that the logo too closely re­sem­bled the Su­per­man logo, owned by Warner Bros.

Ac­cord­ing to Siloam Springs ath­letic direc­tor Ker­win Dees, the fax was po­litely worded but stated that it had come to Warner Bros. at­ten­tion that the school was us­ing an S and shield sim­i­lar to the Su­per­man logo. Dees said the fax went on to state that al­though Warner Bros. ap­pre­ci­ated the school’s de­sire to use the logo, it wasn’t al­low­able.

Aber­nathy called Warner Bros. to see if any ar­range­ments could be made.

“We have the logo on most of our uni­forms, on our foot­ball hel­mets and on our school web­site,” Dees said. Aber­nathy had a very nice con­ver­sa­tion with the peo­ple at Warner Bros., and they said they would give us time to ro­tate out our uni­forms, but that we had to re­move the logo from our web­site and any de­cals we could re­move.”

He said Warner Bros. in­di­cated if the school could come up with an­other ver­sion of the logo, it could be sub­mit­ted and they would con­sider it.

Some of the kids and some other peo­ple be­gan work­ing on other lo­gos and work­ing on ways to re­vise the cur­rent logo to con­form with Warner Bros.’ spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

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