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  • "Here": The Muster Speeches at Texas A&M University
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  • Jerry C. Cooper
  • 2018
  • Published by: Texas A&M University Press
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What began in the 1880s, when former students gathered to live over again their college days, became in the 1940s the sacred tradition of current and former students congregating to read aloud a roll call honoring deceased Aggies. This tradition is Muster—an enshrined and enduring legacy of Texas A&M University and a solemn symbol of togetherness, as evidenced by the more than 300 Musters held in locations worldwide every April 21. Muster is how the Aggie Spirit, comprising every Aggie who has ever lived, is remembered and celebrated.

In “Here”: The Muster Speeches at Texas A&M University, Jerry Cullum Cooper presents the 72 keynote addresses delivered on the university’s campus in College Station to date. The restoration of these speeches proved challenging, as many were hidden in archives and newspaper fragments and others on phonograph recordings. Within these speeches are the commanding voices of military heroes such as Dwight D. Eisenhower and James Earl Rudder and the stirring words of political leaders, including former Texas governor Allan Shivers, and Aggie trailblazers like Frederick D. McClure, the university’s first African American student body president.

Together, these voices represent the Aggie Spirit, giving us historical snapshots and perspectives of the university, the state, and the country spanning two centuries. Most importantly, they continue a hallowed tradition that honors those who have gone before and inspires those who remain. Whether a reference for future speechwriters or a unique look into university history, “Here”: The Muster Speeches at Texas A&M University is a celebrated and necessary addition to every Aggie collection.

 

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Epigraph, Copyright, Dedication, Frontispiece
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xxiv
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  1. First Muster Packets Mailed Worldwide (1943)
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. E. E. McQuillen ’20: 1944—Guion Hall
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. Lt. Clifton H. Chamberlain ’40: 1945—Guion Hall
  2. pp. 6-8
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  1. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower: 1946—Kyle Field
  2. pp. 9-15
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  1. Col. Willard T. Chevalier: 1947—System Administration Building Lawn
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Sam Hill: 1948—System Administration Building Lawn
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. James W. Aston ’33: 1949—Guion Hall
  2. pp. 20-23
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  1. Marion S. Church ’05: 1950—Guion Hall
  2. pp. 24-27
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  1. James H. Pipkin ’29: 1951—Memorial Student Center Lawn
  2. pp. 28-35
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  1. Searcy Bracewell ’38: 1952—System Administration Building Lawn
  2. pp. 36-40
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  1. Gov. Dan Thornton: 1953—Memorial Student Center Lawn
  2. pp. 41-47
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  1. Gov. Allan Shivers: 1954—Memorial Student Center Lawn
  2. pp. 48-54
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  1. Gen. Otto P. Weyland ’23: 1955—Memorial Student Center Lawn
  2. pp. 55-60
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  1. Maj. Gen. J. Earl Rudder ’32: 1956—Memorial Student Center Lawn
  2. pp. 61-66
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  1. Gen. Bernard A. Schriever ’31: 1958—Memorial Student Center Lawn
  2. pp. 67-69
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  1. Olin E. Teague ’32: 1959—Memorial Student Center Lawn
  2. pp. 70-77
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  1. Lt. Gen. A. D. Bruce ’16: 1960—Memorial Student Center Lawn
  2. pp. 78-83
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  1. James W. Aston ’33: 1961—Memorial Student Center Lawn
  2. pp. 84-87
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  1. Eli L. Whiteley ’41: 1962—Memorial Student Center Ballroom
  2. pp. 88-93
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  1. L. F. Peterson ’36: 1963—Memorial Student Center Lawn
  2. pp. 94-98
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  1. E. King Gill ’24: 1964—System Administration Building Lawn
  2. pp. 99-102
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  1. Clarence Darrow Hooper ’53: 1965—System Administration Building Lawn
  2. pp. 103-107
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  1. Penrose B. Metcalfe ’16: 1966—System Administration Building Lawn
  2. pp. 108-112
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  1. Maj. Gen. Raymond L. Murray ’35: 1967—System Administration Building Lawn
  2. pp. 113-119
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  1. Maj. Gen. Wood B. Kyle ’36: 1968—System Administration Building Lawn
  2. pp. 120-125
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  1. Mayo J. Thompson ’41: 1969—System Administration Building Lawn
  2. pp. 126-132
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  1. Yale B. Griffis ’30: 1970—System Administration Building Lawn
  2. pp. 133-137
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  1. Jack K. Williams: 1971—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 138-143
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  1. Larry B. Kirk ’66: 1972—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 144-147
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  1. Capt. James E. Ray ’63: 1973—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 148-151
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  1. Sheldon J. Best ’63: 1974—Kyle Field
  2. pp. 152-158
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  1. Reagan V. Brown ’43: 1975—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 159-164
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  1. Charles G. Scruggs ’45: 1976—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 165-171
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  1. Maj. James E. Ray ’63: 1977—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 172-179
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  1. Col. Tom Dooley ’35: 1978—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 180-183
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  1. Gallery
  2. pp. 184-192
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  1. Lee H. Smith ’57: 1979—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 193-198
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  1. Henry G. Cisneros ’68: 1980—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 199-206
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  1. Frederick McClure ’76: 1981—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 207-215
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  1. William B. Heye ’60: 1982—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 216-224
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  1. Haskell M. Monroe: 1983—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 225-231
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  1. Jack M. Rains ’60: 1984—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 232-238
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  1. Lt. Gen. Ormond R. Simpson ’36: 1985—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 239-242
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  1. A. W. “Head” Davis ’45: 1986—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 243-250
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  1. Robert L. Walker ’58: 1987—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 251-256
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  1. Gerald D. Griffin ’56: 1988—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 257-262
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  1. Chet Edwards ’74: 1989—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 263-266
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  1. M. L. “Red” Cashion ’53: 1990—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 267-271
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  1. Adm. Jerome L. Johnson ’56: 1991—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 272-276
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  1. Frank W. Cox III ’65: 1992—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 277-286
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  1. Jack G. Fritts ’53: 1993—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 287-296
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  1. Andrés Tijerina ’67:
  2. pp. 297-306
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  1. Lee J. Phillips ’53: 1995—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 307-312
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  1. E. Dean Gage ’65: 1996—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 313-321
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  1. H. Bartell Zachry Jr. ’54: 1997—G. Rollie White Coliseum
  2. pp. 322-327
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  1. Gene Stallings ’57: 1998—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 328-341
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  1. W. Mike Baggett ’68: 1999—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 342-350
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  1. Randy Matson ’67: 2000—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 351-356
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  1. Joe E. West ’54: 2001—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 357-365
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  1. Gov. Rick Perry ’72: 2002—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 366-373
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  1. Edwin H. Cooper ’53: 2003—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 374-380
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  1. Jon L. Hagler ’58: 2004—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 381-390
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  1. Clayton Williams Jr. ’54: 2005—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 391-398
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  1. Bill E. Carter ’69:
  2. pp. 399-410
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  1. Brooke L. Rollins ’94: 2007—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 411-418
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  1. John A. Adams Jr. ’73: 2008—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 419-423
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  1. Robert M. Gates: 2009—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 424-430
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  1. Maj. Stephen G. Ruth ’92: 2010—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 431-437
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  1. Tobin R. Boenig ’95: 2011—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 438-444
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  1. John R. Hoyle ’57:
  2. pp. 445-452
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  1. Bill Jones ’81: 2013—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 453-460
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  1. Bill Youngkin ’69: 2014—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 461-466
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  1. Will Hurd ’99: 2015—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 467-475
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  1. R. C. Slocum: 2016—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 476-483
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  1. Eddie J. Davis ’67: 2017—Reed Arena
  2. pp. 484-492
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  1. Appendix I: Campus Muster Speakers, Locations, and Sources
  2. pp. 493-502
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  1. Appendix II: Muster Poems
  2. pp. 503-512
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  1. Index
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