Region 8 Father and Son Reminisce about Life in Twin Towers

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- The Seminole Twin Towers Dormitory was built back in 1966 with the first students moving in the following fall.  Now 42 years after the bricks went up they will come down on Sunday, May 25th when the building is imploded.

The building was actually used to house students for 39 years with an average of 700 students living there each year.  During this time period several families had multiple members who lived in the same dorm at one time or another.  One of those families is the Sigsby family of Rector.  Steven Sigsby was one of the first students to live in the dormitory in 1967 when the building was first opened.

"We thought hey this is cool that we were the first guys in this building.  We soon realized that not everything worked like it should," said Steven Sigsby.

While it took a little while to get the "new building" kinks worked out, Sigsby said it was still a great experience to live in the dorm.

His son Marshall Sigsby was one of the last students to live in Twin Towers a couple of years before the building was closed.  While things didn't work quite right in the beginning when his dad had moved in 35 years previously, Sigsby said that things were quite dilapidated in the building when he got there when the building was near the end.

"It was definitely a funky building when we moved in.  It did have some odd smells to it," said Marshall Sigsby.

These two generations have fond memories from inside this building.

"There are fellows that I met in that dorm that I'm still in contact with 40 years later," said Steven Sigsby.

"I did meet some friends in there and reconnected with some old friends," said Marshall Sigsby.

Both men are proud of the time they spent in the same dormitory 35 years apart.

"I thought it was pretty cool to get the chance to live in the same building and to maybe get some of the same experiences.  I know a lot's changed in 35 years but the rooms were pretty much the same," said Marshall Sigsby.

The Sigsby's are just two of what could be hundreds out there on Sunday when the building they once called home is destroyed.

"It's sort of a sad moment because of your memories of your first year in college, but I realize that the structure had to go.  They got their money's worth out of it," said Steven Sigsby.

The cleanup of the debris from the building will begin right afterwards and according to the contractor Chandler Demolition should take about 60 days to complete.

The university plans to use the space as green space for a while.

There will be a set perimeter on Sunday for spectators, but if you can't make it out to see the implosion in person you can watch it live on KAIT or on our website