Archive for February, 2011

February 20, 2011

Axe Erwin

This Daily Texan photo from 1969 shows my late brother, Malcolm McNeil, protesting Frank Erwin‘s plan to cut the trees by Waller Creek

February 20, 2011

Dirty nothins, trees, etc.

Frank Erwin called students who came out to protest the 1968 visit of President Lyndon Johnson to the UT campus “a bunch of dirty nothins” who were disrupting “the workings of a great university in the name of academic freedom.” “Dirty Nothin” buttons soon appeared on campus. Bumper stickers later appeared saying “Pray for Rosemary’s Baby and Frank Erwin.”

When  Erwin proposed cutting down the beautiful trees that shaded Waller Creek on the campus in order to enlarge Memorial Stadium in 1969, some students came up with a compromise solution to build a tunnel arch through a corner of the stadium, but Erwin rejected this. Student protesters managed to stay in the way of workmen who came to fell the trees for two days. Meantime a coalition was working on getting a restraining order that would prevent the trees from being cut down. Erwin came out the morning of the third day and ordered the students removed and the trees cut down. This happened, though he had not consulted either the other Regents or the university administration.

February 19, 2011

LBJ and federal hiring

No date on this Daily Texan column, but it refers to the speech Lyndon Johnson made January 8, 1964. (Click image to enlarge.)
February 18, 2011

UT poll favors integration

The Daily Texan printed this story on William Spearman’s group’s poll Nov. 11, 1963. (Click image to enlarge.)
February 17, 2011

UT spearheads SWC integration

Integration of athletics announced in an Associated Press story in the November 10, 1963, Daily Texan, with a local interview with Darrell Royal. (Click image to enlarge.)
February 15, 2011

Lawsuit plaintiff comments

Sherryl Griffin (the Rev. Sheryl Bozeman), one of the three plaintiffs in the lawsuit to integrate University of Texas dormitories, wrote this for the Daily Texan editorial page of October 17, 1963. (Click images to enlarge.)

February 14, 2011

Young Dems endorse CIC resolution

From the Daily Texan, October 17, 1963. (Click image to enlarge.) The Young Democrats’ resolution went to each regent, to Gov. John Connally and to UT Chancellor Harry H. Ransom.

February 13, 2011

Dear Momma

The “Dear Momma” column by Huey McNealy (Leon McNealy, M.D.) was a regular feature of the Daily Texan editorial page. This is the column from October 23, 1963. (Click images to enlarge.)
February 12, 2011

CIC resolution text

The Daily Texan editorial page of September 29, 1963, published the resolution William Spearman read to the UT Board of Regents the day before. (Click image to enlarge.)
February 11, 2011

Ed Guinn declines band membership

This article on Ed Guinn is from the Daily Texan, September 29, 1963. (Click image to enlarge.)