From the archives

tu fountain day pic

Oh, Fountain Day.

Look what an enterprising web editor at the TU dug out of the archives today: the (in)famous Fountain Day soft-porn photo.

That photo graced the front page of the paper a few years back. We remember doing a double take when we picked up the bundle of papers that morning. And then blushing a little bit.

Anyway, that pic must be like click-through crack.


Here's the meta-info for the photo:

Times Union staff photo by Michael P. Farrell
SUNY Albany freshman Tatiana Shvachus and second year student Eric Fisher (both center) bask in the cool water during Fountain Day at the State University at Albany, New York Thursday April 22, 2004.

Does anyone know what's become of Ms. Shvachus? Amazingly, a Google search for her name comes up... empty. We have an email in with the Eric Fisher we think might be the photo's Eric Fisher.

Also: as Naomi pointed out, that is an award-winning photo. It won both AP and National Press Photographers Association awards.

screengrab: Times Union


This is exactly what college is like, but then again I went to National Lampoon's College of Arts & Sciences.

That makes me miss my days at UA! Did anyone ever find out who turned the fountain water green that year?

There's a giant blown-up copy of that image hanging in the halls of the TU building. It disturbs me.

There is also a life-sized picture of that photo hanging in the front hall of the Times Union.

Michael Farrell took that photo, and I believe it's won at least one award.

His house is pretty great, too:

Story I got about the green water was that it was the Campus Greens who added the dye. Must of been 2003 or 2004. Heard it didn't quite turn green, more of a brown or yellow, but in that pic it looks pretty damn green.

I'm sure that young lady made her parents very proud. Yowsah!

It was 2004, my freshman year at UA. We called that The Year We Broke Fountain Day. And the water was DEFINITELY green!
pre-green mayhem
post-green mayhem

@Aurora: Thanks for the pics. That's mayhem.

Def Mike Farrell - cool dude - cooler than the weatherman!

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