It happened in the middle of Sunday's carillon concert in the Lowell House tower. Gordon Campbell, House tutor, and recently appointed House bell-ringer, was working to a grand climax in one of his Muscovite bell symphonies. Suddenly, one of the chains securing the bells snapped. Campbell went on until another chain snapped. Then a third went, and more after that. A minute later, only three quarters of the 18 bells remained playable.
Showman Campbell tired desperately to remember some of the less complicated symphonies in his repertoire. He successfully got the show going again in a few minutes.