Once upon a time


(R. Gene Tanner) #1

AS I REFLECK ON MY YEARS OF COUGAR FANDOME THERE IS A LOT
OF PEOPLE THAT I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING. BEING A
COUNTRY BOY FROM TOMBALL THE BIG CITY WAS A PLACE I HAD TO
GET TO KNOW. BEING A FRESHMAN FOOTBALL PLAYER WAS A REAL
TREAT. LATER AS AN ALUM TO FIND THE TAXI CAB GROUP WAS A REAL
THRILL. C.F. KENDAL WAS A FRIEND AND GOT ME INTO THE GROUP.
HE EVEN LOANED ME THE 100 BUCKS TO JOIN. I THINK I WAS THE 17TH
MEMBER. THERE WERE SEVERAL OF US THAT DROPED BY PRACTIS
IF WE WERE ON THE S.E. SIDE OF HOUSTON ABOUT 4-4;30. VE, GRANT
CROUSE. WERE TWP WHO WOULD SHOW UP. THERE WERE SEVERAL
OTHERS. WE WERE REGULARS AND WAS ACCEPTED INTO THE UH GROUP.
LATER GOT REAL CLOSE TO COACH BILL. I WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE
TAXI SQUAD AND HELPED OUT THE COACHES WHEN NEEDED. KNEW C.
LEWIS FROM MY STUDENT DAYS. WHAT A GREAT GUY. KNEW A LOT OF
THE CRAP FROM SOME OF OUR SWC FOES THAT THEY PULLED ON US.
UT, RICE WERE THE WORST. THE AGGIES WERE CHEATING SO MUCH
THEY DID NOT WANT THE NCAA DOWN HERE SO THEY WERE QUITE.
ARK WAS WITH UT , BUT DID NOT DO MUCH UNLESS UT PUSHED THEM.
WITH THE NEW RULE ON 30 SCOLLIES A YEAR THIS HURT UT AND ARK.
THEY TOOK 50-60 FRESHMAN A YEAR.THEY DID NOT HAVE TO APPRAISE
KIDS CAUSE THEY TOOK THEM ALL. ROYAL AND ARK COACH HUNG IT
UP THE SECOND YEAR WE WERE MEMBERS. THE TAXI SQUAD FIRST
MET AT RIVER OAKS CC. REALLY IMPRESIVE. THAT LASTED UNTIL WE
WENT TO THE C.B. TWO OUT OF THE FIRST THREE YEARS IN SWC/ THIS
WAS UAACCEPTABLE TO THE SWC. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN IN THOSE
FIRST 6-7 YEARS. TOM WILSON, DON TODD, ALL THE F,B. COACHES.
ITS BEEN A GREAT RIDE FOR THIS OLD COOG. THE MRS AND I WILL
BE IN LUBBOCK ON 9-15-18 TO SEE OUR COOGS. TICKETS, MOTEL AND
FLIGHT TICKETS TO H TOWN TO SEE KIDS AND G. KIDS.