Remembering The Underground Cafe (43 Weeks To Go)

By Ruth McIlhenny Gorme, C’93, and Kiera Reilly, C’93

Looking back at our time at Penn, we are asking classmates to share photos and memories. Little did we know that someone would have a mug that survived from freshman year!

Ruth McIlhenny Gorme sent us this photo of an Underground Cafe mug that she has from our freshman year (the year the cafe opened in High Rise North).

Penn Student Agencies' the Underground Cafe photo by Ruth McIlhenny Gorme

The Underground Cafe mug that Ruth McIlhenny Gorme still has from our freshman year!

Ruth writes:

Since I lived in Harrison House freshman year, I needed to watch Twin Peaks somewhere and this was the place to watch it in the high rises.

That is right – most students did not have a TV in their dorm room, so once it opened, the Underground Cafe became a gathering spot for watching popular television shows.

I worked at Penn Student Agencies which opened the cafe in January, 1990, and I saved this ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian advertising the opening.

Ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian promoting the soon to open the Underground Cafe in High Rise North. Photo by Kiera Reilly.

Ad from The Daily Pennsylvanian promoting the soon to open the Underground Cafe in High Rise North. Photo by Kiera Reilly.

This ad from The DP had the tagline, “Everyone Needs a Reality Shelter.”

Ad for The Underground Cafe appeared in the January 24, 1990, issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Ad for The Underground Cafe appeared in the January 24, 1990, issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Here is the review of the cafe that appeared in The Daily Pennsylvanian on February 2, 1990:

Underground Cafe Feb headline 1

Underground Cafe review headline 2

byline Lee Shepski in the DP, the Daily Pennsylvanian, February 2, 1990

Review of the opening of The Underground Cafe by Lee Shepski from the February 2, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Review of the opening of The Underground Cafe from the February 2, 1990 issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian

Did you visit the Underground Cafe? Do you remember watching a favorite TV show or listening to a student band? Let us know in the comments.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 14 – 15, 2017, marked 43 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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