While on vacation in Thailand on December 31, 2015, my mind was certainly on what was about to happen in the Orange Bowl half a world away. In Chiang Mai, there is a Tiger preservation center called Tiger Kingdom, so it seemed appropriate to pay a visit. The tigers were amazing though the workers there were somewhat baffled by my Tiger rag. Between my determination to visit the tigers and to get up at 4 a.m. to listen to streaming radio of the Orange Bowl, I am pretty sure my friends thought I was crazy. But I’m also sure that my father David Goldsmith (Class of ’49; 1928-1989), who could never get through the Alma Mater without tearing up, was smiling down!
Andrew Gardner ’13 and Kelsie Houck ’13 are pictured at Tiger Kingdom, right outside the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The couple went on a two-week trip to Thailand to celebrate Kelsie graduating from Clemson’s Master’s of Accountancy program back August 2014.