Archive for December, 2010

December 31, 2010

Student Assembly seeks referendum

From the Daily Texan, October 11, 1962.(Click image to enlarge.)  I don’t have the rest of the article except for a snippet dealing with procedural matters. Major gaps exist in the posted documents; I have nothing until now on the 1961 athletics referendum. I will gladly post or link to any material anyone has to share. Or you can leave a reply for the relevant post and share any memories.
December 30, 2010

Satire from Dilly Texanne

The staff of the Texas Ranger, the UT humor magazine, published the Dilly Texanne, its parody of the Daily Texan, each spring. Here, Students for Direct Action’s Houston Wade is caricatured as Austin Blade. (Click images to enlarge.)

The Texan letters column was "Firing Line."The Texan‘s letters column was “Firing Line.”

December 28, 2010

Picnic for Peace

From the Daily Texan, March 27, 1962. (Click image to enlarge.) Houston Wade of Students for Direct Action shared the platform with Norman Thomas. The Dallas Morning News said the event should be called “Teatime for Treason.”
December 18, 2010

Young Democrats hear speech by Henry B. Gonzalez, aid lawsuit

From the November 1961 Daily Texan. (Click image to enlarge.) No info on whether the Young Republicans met the Young Democrats’ challenge to contribute to the integration lawsuit.
December 15, 2010

The ACLU weighs in

This interview with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Patrick Malin is from the May 3, 1961, Daily Texan. (Click image to enlarge.)
December 15, 2010

Question 7

This Daily Texan clipping is from the spring of 1961. (Click images to enlarge.) The Lutherans were divided, but later the Austin Jewish community was united in its boycott of the film Exodus at the Varsity Theater in August 1961.
December 15, 2010


I do not find many clippings on the stand-ins among my own papers, though they exist in archives in Austin. Dwonna Goldstone and Doug Rossinow referenced them in their books.

Since movie theaters would not sell tickets to blacks, protesters would line up — blacks attempting to buy tickets, white protesters explaining that they wanted to buy a ticket, but only if all Americans in the line could buy tickets. When refused, each protester would return to the end of the line.

The now-defunct theaters were the Varsity and the Texas. The Varsity was more resistant to integration; management of the Texas made it clear that the Texas would be integrated as soon as the Varsity was integrated, but the theater would not risk taking the first step.

The “Americans” phrase was perhaps because black foreign students could buy tickets. On at least one occasion, black UT students put on turbans and robes so they could go to a movie in an Austin theater.

December 13, 2010

SDA petition flyer, December 1960

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December 12, 2010

Restaurant card statistics, SDA petition

Doug Rossinow’s excellent book The Politics of Authenticity gives the date of the Daily Texan‘s restaurant card article as Dec. 20, 1960. (Click image to enlarge.) No date for the Students for Direct Action petition story, but it no doubt took place in December 1960. I’m happy that mine was one of the 600 signatures, one small thing I did right in my life.

December 11, 2010

Convincing contrast

Editorial by Daily Texan Editor Jo Eickmann (Sandin), early December 1960. (Click images to enlarge.)