Time capsule: 1980

The University of Guelph’s campus pub, originally called The Keg, was established in 1974 and later became The Brass Taps. Operating from the second floor of the University Centre for 42 years, the pub holds many fond memories for alumni, from indulging in a Design-a-Wich (design-your-own sandwich) and delicious poutine and nachos supreme, to watching the first-ever Toronto Blue Jays game in 1977. Today, The Brass Taps serves pub fare, including gourmet burgers, curries and classic lattice fries. It also has 26 draught taps and 17 television screens to enjoy.

We think this photo was taken around 1980 but the exact year is unknown — can you provide a date? Or can you identify any of the people? Send us a note and let us know!


  • The College of Physical Science (now the College of Physical and Engineering Science) celebrates its 10th anniversary.
  • The Macdonald Stewart Community Art Centre (now the Art Gallery of Guelph) opens with an exhibition featuring pieces from U of G’s Canadian art collection.
  • Singer Gordon Lightfoot entertains at Homecoming.
  • The first day of FM broadcasting occurs for U of G’s new radio station CFRU-FM.


  • Millions of viewers tune in to the TV soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J.R. Ewing.
  • Six Iranian-held U.S. hostages escape with help from Canadians.
  • John Lennon is shot and killed by a crazed fan.
  • The Pac-Man video game is released.

Do you have a memory to share from your time at U of G? Email a high-resolution photo to porticomagazine@uoguelph.ca and it could appear in Time Capsule.