August 1, 1966

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I had just walked out of the Law School.

A chunk of limestone chipped off Townes Hall 30’ over my right shoulder and then I heard the c-r-a-c-k. Bullet had beaten the sound.

I had no idea what was happening. Went to my junkie little ‘62 Falcon, turned on the radio, got an earful. Drove out of range to a girlfriend’s apartment where we listened for more than an hour.

Later I learned that folks I knew had been under direct fire – nobody got hit when he shot to the northeast, where I had exited Townes Hall, only on the Mall and on Guadalupe {the Drag].

An acquaintance who later became a friend was then a grad student and a USAF Captain at Bergstrom. He walked out of the then grad library in the Tower and immediately realized what was happening. He ducked back into the doorway and listened to the shots and figured out the timing as Whitman moved around the parapet. He ran out, and pulled someone who was alive into the bushes in front of the plaza. He stayed down. I think he pulled four living victims into the shrubs over the 90 minutes. Later he was stationed in Germany and got his PhD in German military history at Heidelberg, came back to UT and went to law school, and became a lawyer in Austin as a civilian.

My later law partner’s wife was shopping on the Drag when the shooting and the panic ensued. She thought it was “The Revolution”. They owned an old black ’51 Mercedes which looked like a limo. It was 98F or so, typical August 1 in Austin. It was parked on the Drag. She got in and lay down on the floor board for more than an hour. Scared and dehydrated.

That night, at Scholz’s, the famous biergarten a few blocks south of campus, our group of law students drank under the oak tree. She downed a pitcher by herself in half an hour, and couldn’t stop shaking. Rifle shots. People running, screaming, some obviously in pain, and she too scared to get up from the floorboard, unable to help, not actually knowing if it would ever end, or what was actually happening.

13 Responses

  1. Mark, you really should write an autobiography.


  2. Wow Mark, what an experience.


  3. Agree with jnc.


    • George – BHO gets to actually say what he thinks, that WMR and McC are competent and DJT is not, while trolling the Rs. It’s a troll because whether they are repulsed and back the con artist or actually abandon him the R Party loses, in BHO’s calculation.


      • Was he lying then or lying now? I suspect both.


        • I think BHO never once intimated his two opponents were “unfit”.

          Do you remember differently?


        • mark:

          I think BHO never once intimated his two opponents were “unfit”.

          Right. Obama never ran a single ad or ever said a single thing impugning Romney’s character in an attempt to imply that he is unfit to be president. When he called him a “vampire” for his work at Bain capital, it was all about policy, not about Romney’s fitness for office. When he got his surrogates to suggest that Romney didn’t pay taxes or would put black people “back in chains”, it was all about mere policy differences, not fitness to be president. When he said that Romney was “not ready for diplomacy”, he was highlighting policy difference, not questioning his fitness for office.

          Obama was always the respectful competitor, never questioning his opponents fitness, only his policy choices.

          (Cue…”There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.”)


        • Mark:

          Apologies for the snark above. I just get frustrated at the fact that people still fall for the standard Democratic schtick of feigning respect for past R candidates while trashing the current one as totally beyond the pale. With the possible exception of Bob Dole, in my entire adult life there hasn’t been a single R candidate who wasn’t portrayed as unfit for office by the Dems in one way or another. The fact that this time around the charge might actually be true doesn’t change the fact that, in making the charge (while of course contrasting the current “radical” with past “respected” statesmen), the D’s are just doing what D’s always do, regardless of the truth of the matter.


        • Scott, and George – Actually I appreciate the correction of my recollection. Thanks.

          If his remarks have no effect whatsoever it is what he deserves for having been a boy who cried “wolf”.


  4. What a punk.

    Can’t believe this idiot was elected twice.

    ThT any rational person thought that Biden should be heartbeat away from the Presidency is disqualifying.


  5. Meh, if it prevents one rape…

    In fairness, I too hate motherfuckers who don’t know who I am.


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