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my fall copy of The North Texan and found it filled with unusually
interesting and informative articles. As usual, I looked for
the Friends We'll Miss section and was carried back many
years when I saw the names Willis Smith ('25), Delmer Brown
('39) and John F. Stovall ('37).
When I was a small boy, Willis Smith was the local agent for the
Times Herald and the Star-Telegram. Along with the other vendors,
I met him at the station at 3 every day to get the papers off the
MK&T. We'd go to the square to sell them and come back
at 4:15 to get the Fort Worth papers off the T&P. Papers sold
a nickel with a penny going to the vendor.
I recall awe expressed by everyone when the Brown twins and the
Rideout twins set a new world indoor record in the Distance Medley
Relay in Madison Square Garden.
I watched Johnny Stovall grow from a grammar school kid to an all
conference running back. He was also a track man, and he, the Brown
twins and Alvin Chrisman did the unprecedented by finishing first
in three races at the Penn Relays.
pleased to read about the new Leon Breeden Award in the summer
issue of The North Texan. I was
even more pleased to read that the award went to my old high school,
St. Charles West. What a great way to honor a wonderful jazz educator
and encourage other music educators out there in the trenches.
Keep up the good work!
Baker ('95 M.M.Ed.)
pleasant surprise when I opened your summer issue and saw the picture
of Bill Mercer and read about his induction into the Texas Radio
Hall of Fame. As a junior college transfer student who was a mass
communications major, I had Bill for a number of classes. Seeing
his picture brought back fond memories of his wonderful and fun
classes. Bill's professionalism tempered with his sense of
humor made him one of my favorite teachers. He deserves all the
that comes his way. Congrats, Bill!
Thank you for my regular supply of The North Texan. I feel like
I am back on that beautiful campus every time I get my hands
on a new copy. UNT is really a place that is welcoming and
homey. I know it was for me and I am sure a lot of other international students feel this way also. As
I work and spend time overseas most of the year, it has become
my only contact with this beautiful past of mine.
However, I would like to see more stories on international students
who have shared that wonderful experience and earned the rare
right to be called UNT alumni. This way past students like me
will get a sense of inclusion after leaving school and may see
to encourage their kids to also go back and share from that beautiful
educational and life-altering experience at UNT.
I would ask that you make an invitation to all past students
to register alumni chapters in their different countries. These
chapters should update The North Texan on their activities, events
or just general things they are doing to promote UNT's
image in their native countries.
note: Thank you for recommending coverage of
international students. We agree with you that stories about our
help keep them connected with the university. We'll consider
your story idea for a future issue of The North Texan.
If you want to start an international chapter, you can request
a list of names
and addresses of the alumni in your area from the North Texas Exes
by telephone at (940) 565-2834 or e-mail email@example.com.
The flying worm
case you were wondering about the hand sign shown in this photo
from the fall issue, 1970s cheerleader Beth Lowney McKinsey
('79), who's pictured, explains: "Coach Hayden
Fry had our emblem changed a bit to what we fondly called the
flying worm. (He was so awesome! We loved him. He stayed very
involved with us, too.) Our colors were lime green and white
instead of dark green and white. We were playing schools like
Oklahoma State, the University of Tennessee (who we beat when
they were ranked in the top 20), the University of Texas, Louisiana
Tech, Southern Methodist University and Florida State, and Coach
Fry wanted NTSU to be noticed. We flew with the team. We traveled
to basketball games, too (like to the University of New Orleans).
wanted it all to be very professional, and it was. When we went
to cheer camp, every other university had a hand sign. The
emblem we formed was supposed to be a flying eagle (Coach Fry's
eagle-worm emblem). Thanks for letting me remember those years
again. They were a blast!"