Remembering a great, great president

Sigma Nu Maine

In honor of Presidents’ Day I’d like to recognize the greatest president in the history of the University of Maine’s Sigma Nu fraternity, Joseph “Pig Iron” McGraw.

Pig Iron, was served as commander of our chapter from 1986 to 1988, could chug a 16-ounce beer in just under three seconds – tops in the tri-state region.

He knocked out his four front teeth when he tried to ski off the top of our three-story fraternity house (above) one sunny February afternoon, and managed over the course of 11 semesters to amass a sparkling 2.46 grade-point average.

Pig Iron once even attempted to fight the entire Sigma Chi fraternity located down the block, but was wisely dissuaded by cooler, less-inebriated heads.

Here’s to you, Pig Iron, in whatever distant northern Maine township you’re holed up in these days.

Update: I’ve been informed that Presidents’ Day it is meant to honor and remember the past presidents of the United States and their contributions to our country.

In that case, here’s to you, John Tyler.

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5 thoughts on “Remembering a great, great president

  1. “Pig Iron, 1986 to 1988, could chug a 16-ounce beer just under three seconds – He knocked out his four front teeth when he tried to ski off the top of our three-story fraternity house – sparkling 2.46 grade-point average – once even attempted to fight the entire Sigma Chi fraternity”

    – You Sir! Have thrown down the gauntlet!

    WHO! Is better than Pig Iron?! Please make him a reoccurring character! Was there a tragic side to the lad?

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