The American Chemical Society has always been very interested in students studying chemistry. Starting in 1974, the East Tennessee State University Chemistry Students officially joined the Student Affiliates group in the ACS. The annual student meeting was held that year at the University of Kentucky, my old stomping ground. We had several students give reports there and, of course, they did not miss a beat to participate in some of the social activities. They surprised us by changing from jeans to dance clothes for the welcoming dinner! Jeff Wardeska joined me as a chaperon. We all had a great time. From that year on, the ETSU Student Affiliate Group became very active in the annual meetings. They eventually hosted quite a number of these meetings in Johnson City. It all started at this thoroughbred horse country.