Homecoming Parade to March Through Waco Nov. 7

Oct. 29, 1998

The 1998 Baylor University Homecoming Parade is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, with thousands expected to watch.

"This year's parade will include entries and representatives from campus organizations, most of the fraternities and sororities and distinguished alumni," said Andy McClain, Homecoming chairman for the Baylor Chamber of Commerce. "Last year's parade had 150 entries, and this year's parade will be even bigger."

The Grand Marshals for Baylor's Homecoming Parade are Jim and Julie Turner.

Jim Turner graduated from Baylor in 1969 with a bachelor of business administration in marketing. He is a member of the Advisory Board for Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. He was awarded the W. R. White Meritorious Service Award in 1995 from the Baylor Alumni Association and was inducted into the Baylor Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. He was recipient of the 1998 Horatio Alger Award by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and has been selected by Dallas Baptist University to receive the 1998 Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award.

Turner is chairman of the board of the Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Texas. He purchased the Dallas/Fort Worth and Waco Dr Pepper franchises in 1985 and since then has acquired six additional franchise territories making it the largest single franchise bottler of Dr Pepper in the United States. He was named Beverage Industry Man of the Year in 1990 and currently serves on the board of the National Soft Drink Association, is chairman of the Dr Pepper Bottlers Association Executive Marketing Committee and has recently been elected president of the Seven Up Bottlers Association.

Julie Turner received her bachelor of arts degree in 1967 and her master of science degree in 1968 at Baylor. She served as a teacher on the Baylor campus, at McLennan Community College, San Jacinto College, Mesa Community College and University of Houston, Clear Lake City.

Mrs. Turner has volunteered for Baylor's Women's Council of Dallas, Baylor's Women's Athletic Cabinet Outreach, Park Cities Baptist Church, American Heart Association Guild and the American Cancer Society.

The Homecoming Parade is one of the oldest and largest collegiate parades in the nation. KWTX-TV, which has broadcast the parade for more than 20 years, will again provide live coverage of the floats, bands and pageantry of the 89th anniversary of Homecoming.

For more information about the Baylor Homecoming parade, contact Andy McClain at 710-3322, or visit the Homecoming web site at http://www.baylor.edu/~Homecoming/ .

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