According to a story in The Southern on Sunday, March 10, 1974, South Illinois Avenue was closed the previous Friday night (March 8): "A roar went up toward the full moon as the crowd along South Illinois Avenue in Carbondale Friday night indicated the location of another horde of streakers who dashed through thousands of spectators who lined the street.
For Friday night, it was an estimated 3,500 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale students and others who milled around in the street which was closed by police. A number of older folks walked through the friendly crowd of young people.
Most of the nudity occurred between 6 p.m. and midnight near Merlin's, a tavern frequented by students ...
A few students were injured. Two women suffered cut feet and one person's foot was run over by a car.
Another streaker, Dennis Rezab, 22, sustained a broken wrist and rib after falling off of the roof of Brunner Supply Co., 321 S. Illinois. The fall occurred when Rezab was doing hand-stands on the roof. He is listed in satisfactory condition in Doctors Memorial Hospital.
Otherwise, most streakers either zoomed by the crowd or milled around sipping drinks and talking to people. Several nude people were reported in Merlin's ...
SIU-C Security Officer Thomas Leffler reported two of his officers stopped two streakers on a motorcycle Friday night. As police approached the cyclists, they told the two males to 'get some protective glasses,' Leffler said. 'Then the officers walked away.'
The thankful — and relieved — cyclists sped away, Leffler said."