Hey, Ags! Have you ever taken time to research the names of former students who have made Aggieland proud? Men and Ladies of distinction, merit, honor, courage and downright good ole "Americanism". Some achieve fame and are lauded for their accomplishments and some are simply outstanding individuals in the field of finance or sports or service. Some have made a name for themselves in sports. Some have made the hall of fame in business and some just simply did things for the good of others. Most of them have done it quietly, without fanfare, and they are my favorites. I know former students who are billionaires and millionaires, who have done it quietly and honorably. I know of Aggies who, in a labor of love, blessed the hearts of generations without need of receiving credit for their service. Some were teachers. Some professors. Some doctors and some ministers. Many were just good soldiers, airmen, sailors or marines. Some are simply good citizens. Most were just good fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles or just good folk. I know many I am honored to call 'friends'. Texas A&M University began very small. Over the years we have been blessed by the service and sacrifice of so many, it's a shame we don't have a wall of honor on campus. With quiet dignity, Aggies make a difference, world over. My time on this campus will always be one of my most precious experiences. I have been taught by giants of knowledge and experience. I am amazed at the growth of my university and pray that all who share in time spent here will never forget the traditions that have shaped and nurtured success and maturity in unselfish love and service for the good of the body, of this, the greatest nation on God's earth. "WE are the Aggies and are Damn Proud of it!" After all, "We've Never Been Licked!"
And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.
James G Austin, '69