University of Texas 1968
This week’s film comes from my aunt and uncle, University of Texas alumni, visiting the campus and attending the big game versus Southern Methodist University on November 2, 1968. Texas went on to win and finished ranked #3 in the country. The game footage captures UT’s bovine mascot, Bevo, and SMU’s Shetland pony, Peruna.
Other scenes include a walk around the Littlefield Fountain and looking out over the city from UT’s Clock Tower observation deck. This was the first year the Tower was reopened following the infamous 1966 Charles Whitman shootings. It was later closed in the 1970’s due to a number of suicides and re-opened again under tighter safeguards in 1999. A portion of the film shows a POV from the water spouts that Whitman later fired from after authorities and citizens with hunting rifles began returning fire.
— Aaron Valdez