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The Way Back: Back in Brack

Unlocking the vault of UT history Donated to UT in 1910 by George Brackenridge, the Brackenridge Tract—which includes married student housing, research labs,...

 
 

The Way Back: True to Form

Unlocking the vault of UT history In 1939, the impressively named William Mozart McVey boasted that his classroom was “one of the best sculpture studios in Texas.”...

 
 

The Way Back: Pig Out

Unlocking the vault of UT history Before Bevo, Longhorn fans were endeared to another four-legged friend. Pig Bellmont was named after Gus “Pig” Dittmar, a...

 
 

The Way Back: Rocket Sam

Unlocking the vault of UT history Before Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong bookended the space race, there was Sam, a 7-pound rhesus monkey who blasted off in 1959....

 
 

The Way Back: Texas Campeón

Unlocking the vault of UT history. Texas football lost the 1972 Cotton Bowl to Penn State in Dallas. But within two days, the Longhorn Band was on to its next...

 
 

The Way Back: In Formation

Unlocking the vault of UT history Russell Lee was one of the 20th century’s most important photographers. Trained as a chemical engineer, he spent the 1920s struggling...

 
 

The Way Back: Old Mane

Tucked away in a collection of Civil War miscellany at the Briscoe Center, this lock of hair was taken from Old Sorrel, the horse that Confederate general Stonewall...

 
 

The Way Back: Turtle Power

There’s no evidence to suggest that the inhabitants of Turtle Pond ever met Tessie, a giant mechanical Franken-turtle built at UT in 1954, but at roughly 4 feet...

 
 

The Way Back: Mr. Frank and Me

Many Texas Exes pine for the Forty Acres, but Allen Reid Robertson, BJ ’52, Life Member, had more reason than most. The 21-year-old’s studies were interrupted...

 
 

The Way Back: Over the Top

In 1974, ZZ Top rocked Memorial Stadium. By the time the music began at 3 p.m., it was 90-plus degrees and Memorial Stadium was packed with 80,000 people. The barbeque...

 
 
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