Benjamin Harrison, Lou Gehrig and Neil Armstrong are arguably Phi Delta Theta's three most prominent alumni. Below are mp3 recordings of their moments in history. The voice of Elmer Davis, one of Phi Delta Theta's most prominent newsman can also be heard along with printed memorable quotes from other well-known alumni.

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Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison Recording (36 Seconds)

This rare recording of Benjamin Harrison is the earliest recording of a US President. It was recorded on an Edison wax cylinder sometime around 1889. Translation as follows:

"As president of the United States, I was present at the first Pan-American congress in Washington D.C. I believe that with God's help, our two countries shall continue to live side-by-side in peace and prosperity. . . Benjamin Harrison."

Courtesy of Michigan State University

Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech (39 Seconds)

Afflicted with the disease that would later bear his name, Lou Gehrig gave a speech on July 4, 1939 in Yankee Stadium in what is considered to be the most memorable speech in sports history.

Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong's Lunar Landing (1:06 Minutes)

Neil Armstrong's famous quote on his lunar landing is one of the most recognizable and memorable quotes in history. Here is an extended recording of the landing.

Elmer Davis
Elmer Davis WWII Radio Newscast (4:35 Minutes)

Elmer Davis was one of the most prominent and trusted news reporters of his time. Of the three Phis who have received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for broadcast journalism, his was the only one that was awarded strictly for his news casts. A pioneer in radio journalism, he was given the difficult and lofty responsibilty to head the War Information Department in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt. Here is one of his recordings during the war.

Memorable Quotes

Joel Hildebrand

"The invention of IQ did a great disservice to creativity in education. Individuality, personality, originality, are too precious to be meddled with by amateur psychiatrists whose patterns for a "wholesome personality" are inevitably their own."

Ralph Sockman

"A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis."

"A service of worship is primarily a service to God. When we realize this and act upon it, we make it a service to men."

"A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves."

"Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted."

"Let us not bankrupt our todays by paying interest on the regrets of yesterday and by borrowing in advance the troubles of tomorrow."

"Love is the outreach of self toward completion."

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength."

"The hope of free man in a frightened world is the values which man puts ahead of inventions when his back is to the wall. These values are beauty, truth, goodness and having a faith, all of which are bombproof."

"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder."

"The roads of life are strewn with the wreckage of run-down and half-finished loves."

"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority."

"True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be."

"Whatever the right hand findeth to do, the left hand carries a watch on its wrist to show how long it takes to do it."

Eugene Field

"Ideas came with explosive immediacy, like an instant birth. Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other."

Roger Ebert

"Beguiled by George W. Bush's easy smile and casual indifference to the details, we are on the brink of electing him to office. This isn't choosing a president, it's casting the lead in a sitcom about the presidency."

"Every great film should seem new every time you see it."

"Most of us do not consciously look at movies."

"Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you."

Neil Armstrong

"I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I'm damned if I'm going to use up mine running up and down a street."

"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small."

"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."

Burt Reynolds

"Marriage is about the most expensive way for the average man to get laundry done."

"My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave."

"You can only hold your stomach in for so many years."

Elmer Davis

"This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."

"One of the things that is wrong with America is that everybody who has done anything at all in his own field is expected to be an authority on every subject under the sun."

"The first and great commandment is: Don't let them scare you."

Benjamin Harrison

"I knew that my staying up would not change the election result if I were defeated, while if elected I had a hard day ahead of me. So I thought a night's rest was best in any event."

"I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process."

"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."

William Allen White

"Advertising is the genie which is transforming America into a place of comfort, luxury and ease for millions."

"I am not afraid of tomorrow, for i have seen yesterday and i love today!"

"Liberty is the only thing you can't have unless you give it to others."

"Reason has never failed men. Only force and repression have made the wrecks in the world."

Lou Gehrig

"I'm not a headline guy. I know that as long as I was following (Babe) Ruth to the plate I could have stood on my head and no one would have known the difference."

"In the beginning I used to make one terrible play a game. Then I got so I'd make one a week and finally I'd pull a bad one about once a month. Now, I'm trying to keep it down to one a season."

"It's a pretty big shadow (Babe Ruth's) - it gives me lots of room to spread myself."

"Joe (McCarthy), I'm not helping this team any. I know I look terrible out there. This string of mine doesn't mean a thing to me. It isn't fair to the boys for me to stay in there. Joe, I want you to take me out of the lineup today."

"The ballplayer who loses his head, who can't keep his cool, is worse than no ballplayer at all."

"There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all."

"What are you going to do? Admit to yourself that the pitchers have you on the point of surrender? You can't do that. You must make yourself think that the pitchers are just as good as they always have been or just as bad."

"What do you think of the nerve of that big monkey (Babe Ruth). Imagine the guy calling his shot and getting away with it."

Grantland Rice

"For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes - not that you won or lost - but how you played the Game"

"Depend upon yourself. Make your judgement trustworthy by trusting it. You can develop good judgement as you do the muscles of your body - by judicious, daily exercise. To be known as a man of sound judgement will be much in your favor."

"All wars are planned by old men In council rooms apart."

"Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, to the very end. Will the day's journey take the whole long day? From morn to night, my friend."

"Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk."

Don Otto Herold

"A humorist is a person who feels bad, but who feels good about it."

"Don't ever slam a door, you might want to go back."

"I had, out of my sixty teachers, a scant half dozen who couldn't have been supplanted by phonographs."

"If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones."

"It is a good thing that life is not as serious as it seems to a waiter."

"Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people."

"The beggar is the only person in the universe not obliged to study appearance."

"The brighter you are, the more you have to learn."

"There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe."

"There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have."

"There's one thing about baldness, it's neat."

"Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it."

"Why resist temptation? There will always be more."

"Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow."

Sam Nunn

"Leadership must be established from the top down."

Po Bronson

"As I get older, I've learned to listen to people rather than accuse them of things."