Baseball season is back! Since 2015, Texas A&M fans have been blizzarding Blue Bell Park with bubbles when the Aggies score a run. A&M fans' "Ball five" chant is decades older than that. I wrote up this guide to the most noticeable traditions observed by Aggies at Olsen Field - where we don't have yell... Continue Reading →
They read only four names.
For Presidents’ Day, here’s a story I did about 1946 when (future president) Eisenhower was Muster speaker in Kyle Field as Texas A&M celebrated the end of World War II with a giant homecoming. Thousands of returning A&M servicemen came back for a weekend of dancing, dining, Aggie baseball and the largest Muster that had... Continue Reading →
Three Aggies to know: Ike, Von, Roy
Here in the land of Aggie news, we are aware of what we call "the maroon bubble." That is, some news is really familiar to those of us living/working around campus, but we realize not all Aggies may actually hear about it if they live outside the bubble. So here are three Aggies whom, if... Continue Reading →
Fiddles, violins and Robert Keen doing good stuff for kids
Here's Robert Earl Keen as Antonio Vivaldi opening his eighth annual benefit in Kerrville for an organization he said "it's my passion to tell people about": the Hill Country Youth Orchestra. Keen told the crowd at the Feb. 21 show that on his travels around the country, he'll get to talking with people about the... Continue Reading →
Going back to Aggieland to be of service to you
Big change in my life -- after 19 years of being a designer, reporter and editor at the Statesman, later this month I will jump geekstatically into my new job: communications specialist for the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University. This is really, truly dream job time. The Association, one of the largest... Continue Reading →
Texas’ most spectacular bird probably lives near you
Painted buntings are so colorful that when people spot them, they think somebody's parrot has escaped. But these birds range across most of Texas. They just like to hide in brush, so they're rarely seen. To make them pop out like magic, here's all you need: white millet seed. I made this poster a few... Continue Reading →
Kyle Field student section: Not just the kids in khaki!
My wish is for everybody watching the game today to know that A&M is a huge university, mostly non-military, and that almost half of the stadium you're looking at is filled with current A&M students. I love the Corps - my Dad and my little brother are CTs - but we have one of the... Continue Reading →