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1969 Dairy Month ad featuring two MSU football players and Miss Hospitality

As National Dairy Month wraps up, a look at a 1969 ad featuring two MSU football players.

Courtesy of the Mississippi State University Libraries, University Archives

Milk: it does a body good.

That's what has been instilled in us by our parents and grandparents since the time we were young children. And in 1969, the Mississippi State football team was apparently part of the effort to promote strong bones and osteoporosis prevention by starring in an ad for milk.

POTUS Carter at MSU

We don't know much of the story behind the photograph, but here is a great shot of two players from the 1969 MSU football team posing with the current Mississippi Miss Hospitality for an ad promoting milk during National Dairy Month.

Pictured on the left is MSU's All-SEC quarterback Tommy Pharr, who along with MSU's All-SEC split-end Sammy Milner, bookend the 1969 Miss Hospitality, Brenda Wiygul.

It's a good thing that Pharr and Milner drank plenty of milk during the 1969 season. That edition of the maroon and white gridiron squad finished 3-7, 0-5 in the SEC.

For fun, here's what I'm guessing all were thinking at the time that this picture was taken:

  • Pharr -- "It's so hot. Milk was a bad choice."
  • Wiygul -- "This humidity is not being kind to my hair. Lawsy"
  • Milner -- "The camera loves you. The camera loves you. The camera loves you. The camera loves you"

photo used with permission, courtesy of the Mississippi State University Libraries, University Archives