TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct.14) –The FAMU Department of Athletics announces a collector’s edition of Strike Magazine for Homecoming. This will likely be the first-ever 3-D game day football program in HBCU history.
The cover features head football coach Earl Holmes holding a coiled rattlesnake. When you tilt the program to either side, it will show another rattlesnake fully extended, striking toward you. The process has been in the works for the past several months. Working with local printer, Graphic Press, production of the publication was mapped out from start to finish to produce a high-quality publication.
The 68-page publication is color throughout and has several features in it. Of course the standard football rosters, profiles and game stories are in the program, but it also features the FAMU Royal Court, the Marching “100”, Interim President Larry Robinson, Interim Athletic Director Michael Smith, the FAMU varsity cheerleaders and junior cheerleaders and much, much more.
Vaughn Wilson and Ronnie Johnson of the FAMU Sports Information Department conceived the magazine. The FAMU Sports Marketing Department also offered creative input and logistical assistance. Editing and collaboration with the FAMU Office of Communications was also critical to the production process.
“We wanted to make sure this was something people would want to keep for a long period of time,” Smith said. “With such rich history here at FAMU, and since our school has been known as the trendsetters in HBCU athletics, it was a natural for us to undertake this project. I commend our staff for their diligence in researching the process, devising a budget and implementing it. I suggest that you get a copy and hold on to it.”
The programs will be available in the FAMU Ticket Office on Fri., Oct.18, for fans who want to get theirs in advance. The price for the programs are $10, and will be available on game day as well. This will be a limited edition publication that the Department of Athletics hopes will set a trend for years to come.
“We have been considering this project since last year,” Wilson said. “Knowing that FAMU fans love to collect special things from the university and the FAMU Athletic Department, we hope that this Homecoming Strike Magazine will find a place in the homes of Rattler alumni, students, friends and fans.