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    The Battalion
Volume 59
Number 109
Selecting Finalists
Dr. Paul J. Woods, Department of History finalists for Vanity Fair yesterday after-
and Government; Dr. Howard Grouett, De- noon from a total of approximately 100 can-
partment of Biology, and Lee Duewall, Stu- didates,
dent Publications Director chose the twelve
Twelve Vanity Fair Finalists
Chosen By Faculty Group
Twelve finalists were chosen yes
terday afternoon for Vanitay Fair,
•Aft-pdeland TO.
The winner will be announced at
the Student Publications Banquet,
Friday, May 13.
Finalists include:
Bettye Morgan Aleo from
Houston, will be escorted by Carl
Carole Sullivan from San An
tonio, who will be escorted by
John H. Alderman.
Gay Chandler from Houston,
who will be escorted by Gale Oli
ver, III.
Carole Sparks from Alice, who
Vvil be escorted by Tucker Suther
land, Jr.
From Bastrop ,
Barbara Layton from Bastrop,
who will be escorted by Pat Crad
Diane Savage from College Sta
tion, who will be escorted by Fran
cis Savage, Jr.
Carole Layton from Houston,
who will be escorted by Larry D.
Sandra Lee Madere from Texas
City, who will be escorted by Ger
ald R. Lowder.
Linda Plemons from Houston,
who will be escorted by Joe B.
Mrs. Marlene
Bryan, who will
Paul D. Rushing.
Rushing from
be escorted by
Gerry Ann North from Dallas, History and Government; J. Wayne
Stark, Director of the Memorial
Student Center; Dr. Howard Gro
uett, Department of Biology, and
Lee Duewall, Director of Student
This board of faculty members
was used to choose the finals for
the first time this year. Previously
the finalists were chosen by a com
mittee composed of a group of Stu
dent editors but a change of policy
necessitated the change, according
to Sam Barranco of The Aggieland
who will be escorted by Bob E.
Carolyn Ann Kelly from George
town, who will be escorted by Joe
F. Jackson.
Will Be Pictured
All these girls, plus the other
ones who were entered and didn’t
reach the finals, will be pictured
in The Aggieland ’60, which will
come out next fall.
The winners were chosen by Dr.
Paul J. Woods, Department of
Mr So Fred Curry Chosen
Honor Mother of the Year
Unanimous Vote
Given by Senate
Mrs. Fred Curry of Commanche, Tex. was chosen “Aggie
Mother of the Year” by a unanimous vote of the Student
She was chosen for he unfaltering devotion and service |
to her son, Bill Curry, Class of ’59, who was injured in a gym |
accident in the spring semester of 1956. Curry received a
broken neck in the accident, and for 18 months, his mother
stayed with him constantly, taking care of him.
Flora Curry, whose maiden name is Robertson, spent
most of her early life in Carlton, Tex. and graduated from
high school there. Up until the time her son became injured,
she worked as a cashier in the Commanche bank.
Mrs. Fred Curry
. . . Mother of year
Parents’ Day Time Schedule
Begins With Flower Pinnings
Flower pinning ceremonies in front of the Corps dormi
tories at 8 a. m. will officially kick-off a Parents’ Day cere
monies Sunday.
The flower pinning, which will be preceded by breakfast
in Sbisa and Duncan Halls at 7+
a.m., will be followed by the pre
sentation of Best Drilled Sopho
more and Freshman awards in each
Cadet outfit.
Then will come the presentation
of appreciation gifts to unit com
manders, to be followed by a re
view of the Corps of Cadets on
the Main Drill Field at 9 a.m.
Following the review, at 11 a.m.,
church services will be conducted
in Guion Hall under the sponsor
ship of the Student Senate. The
program is specifically designed to
honor all Mothers and Dads pres
ent, especially the newly chosen
Aggie Mother of the Year.
Open House will be held in the
Cadet dormitories after the Guion
Hall services at 12 noon. Then
will follow lunch in Sbisa and Dun
can Halls at 12:30.
A special drill by the Ross Vol
unteers on the Main Drill Field
will officially bring to an end all
planned activities at 1:45 p. m.
Dormitories will then be open
for tours until 4 p.m.
By His Side
When her son was injured,
she stayed by his side, sleep
ing on floors, chairs or any
where she could find room.
When he was able to return to
school, she took him to class three
days a week and took notes for
him at Tarleton State College.
Curry was able to return to
A&M in the fall of 1959, so Mrs.
Curry came back to school with
him, while her husband who is a
math teacher and girls’ basketball
coach in Commanche, stayed home
and taught school. Mrs. Curry
pushed her son to class and back
in a wheel-chair, seeing to it that
he always made his classes on time.
Husband Injured
A double load was placed on
Mrs. Curry when her husband was
badly injured in an automobile
accident en route to the Thanks
giving game at A&M last semes
ter. Her son is now married and
still going to A&M and her hus
band is back teaching school.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The follow
ing letter was the formal nomi
nation of Mrs. Curry as the Honor
Mother of the Year by her son,
Bill. It was on this letter the
Senate ba^ed their unanimous de
cision of Mrs. Curry as the
Mother of the Year. The Bat
talion feels, with the permission
of Curry, that a reprinting of the
letter would show why she was
“To the Commmittee:
‘T would like to nominate my
mother as^ a candidate for the
Aggie Mother of the Year con
test. I don’t believe that anyone
could be more deserving of the
honor that she, or more typical
of the Aggie Spirit which might
be displayed by parents.
“When I first came to A&M in
1955, my parents, like many
others, were providing most of
the money for my education.
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CS Voting Opens Saturday
Battalion Managing Editor
College Station’s Democratic
voters will begin county elections
and the first Democratic primary
S turday at 8 a. m. with four boxes
to be voted in their area. Polls
close at 7 p. m.
Glynn A. (Buddy) . Williams
chairman of the Brazos County
Democratic Executive Committee,
said the voting places would be set
up with Precinct 3 at A&M Con
solidated School with F. C. Bolton
acting as precinct chairman. Pre
cinct 16 will be located adjacent
to the Culpepper Realty Co. with
George Draper in the Chairman
post. Precinct conventions are sche
duled for 7:30 p. m.
Precinct 13 will be located a*
Crockett School in Bryan with John
H. Stockman as chairman. Precincl
2 will be located in the Wellborn
Community Genter with Milton
Williams as precinct chairman.
Precinct offices to be filled this
year are Precinct 1 commissioner,
Precinct 7 constable and precinct
chairman for Precinct 3.
In the commissioner’s race, Ray
mond A. Nolan, G. B. Hensarling
Tr., Curtis H. Williams and Fletch
er L. Pool are announcing for the
Joe Norwood is running unop-
oosed for the constable post, and
F. C. Bolton is also unopposed in
the precinct chairman race.
County Offices
In the county, Glynn A. Williams
is unopposed for county chairman.
Raymond B. Buchanan is the only
candidate for Tax Assessor and
Collector, and D. Brooks Gofer Jr.
's unopposed for County Attorney.
T. W. Hamilton and W. R. (Bill)
Owens are on the ballot for County
Other Offices
B. H. Dewey Jr. of Brazos Coun
ty is unopposed for State Repre
sentative for the 44th District.
William T. Bill Moore and Olin E.
Teague, both of Brazos County are
in the running for United States
Representative for the Sixth Con
gressional District.
Frank M. Wilson, of McLennan
Couhty is unopposed in the race, the Court of Criminal Appeals.
for Associate Justice in the Court
of Civil Appeals from the 10th
Supreme Judicial District. John C.
White is unopposed for Commis
sioner of Agriculture. He is from
Wichita County.
Bill Allcorn of Bi’own County
and Jerry Sadler of Anderson
County are in the race for Com
missioner of the General Land Of
Jesse James, of Travis County
is running for reelection to the
State Treasurer’s office. He is run
ning unopposed on the ballot. V.
L. (Bo) Ramsey of Panola County
and Robert S. Calvert of Travis
County are running for the Comp
troller of Public Accounts.
Earnest O. Thompson of Potter
County is unopposed on the ballot
for Railroad Commissioner.
Judicial Positions
Lloyd W. Davidson of Travis
County, W. T. McDonald of Brazos
County and Jim D. Bowmer of Bell
county are running for Judge of
Joe Greenhill of Brazos County is
the only candidate for Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court, Place
Clyde E. Smith of Tyler County
is also unopposed for Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court,
Place 1. Robert G. Hughes of Tom
Green County and Robert W. Cal
vert of Hill County are running
for Chief Justice of the Supreme
Other Offices
Lyndon B. Johnson of Blanco
County is unopposed for United
States Senator. Waggoner Carr,
Robert Everett L. (Bob) Looney
and Will Wilson have announced
for Attorney General.
Ben Ramsey and Don Yar
borough are running for Lieutenant
Governor, and Price Daniel and
Jack Cox are running for Gover
★ ★ ★
Curry’s Courage
Proves Equalizer
Battalion Feature Editor
Strength, determination and will-power are characteris
tics which well describe Bill Curry—an Aggie who has been
confined to a wheel-chair since 1956, but has continued to
further his education in spite of great difficulty.
Curry was born in Carlton, Tex.4-
May 30, 1937, and moved to Com
manche, Tex. at a very early age.
He attendede grade school through
high school in Commanche, grad
uating in 1955. In high school,
Curry played four years of foot
ball and participated in track four
years, also.
Entering A&M in the summer
of 1955, Curry finished one se
mester of summer school, then en
tered A&M in the fall as a “fish”
in A Engineers, studying archi
tecture. In the second semester
of his freshman year, on April 12,
1956, a payload of trouble arriv
On that day, Curry was injured
in a gym accident, which resulted
in a broken neck. He was immed
iately rushed to a hospital in
Houston, and his parents arrived
soon afterward.
“I was on the critical list for
quite some time, and I needed
blood badly. The men in my outfit
drove down every few days and
contributed blood to keep me alive.
After I had recovered enough to
where I didn’t need the transfus
ions any more, my buddies sold
blood to the blood bank and gave
me the money,” said Curry.
For over 18 months after his ac
cident, Curry was in and out of
various hospitals all over Texas
and during this time his mother
was always by his side. Finally,
he recovered enough to begin his
studies once again.
In the spring of 1958, Curry en
tered Tarleton State College, which
is located in Stephenville, Tex.,
30 miles from Commanche. His
mother drove him to and from
classes three times a week, at*
tending the classes and taking
notes for him. Because of his con
dition, Curry registered for only
six hours a semester at Tarleton
Stayed Active
For three semesters, Curry and
his “Mom” attended classes at
Tarleton State three days a week,
Curry’s major now being math.
During the summer of 1959, he
swam a lot, stayed out in the sun
and “did* just about anything to
improve my physical condition.”
Curry found out that keeping
his mind active helped alot: “1
used to go out just about every
night, going to shows, basketball
games and just about anything
to keep my mind active. It was
a lot better than just lying around
doing nothing,” said Curry.
Returns to A&M
In the fall semester of 1959,
Curry was able to return and re
sume studies at A&M. His mother
had to come with him, and his
father, who is a math teacher and
girls’ basketball coach, stayed in
Commanche to teach school. His
father came to College Station al
most every weekend, and when he
couldn’t come down, Curry and his
mother made the 200-mile trip to
Commanche so the family could
be together.
When asked why he came back
to A&M, Curry said, “I just want
ed to come back ever since I left
A&M, so I did; any place where
your buddies will sell their blood
to take care of you is a pretty
good place to go to school.
“When I came back to A&M I
registered for 15 hours; I was
afraid to risk carrying any more,
because prior to this time, I had
just been carrying six hours a se
mester, and I didn’t know what my
capabilities would be. I was just
out of the hospital again, too,” said
During the first part of the fall
semester, Mrs. Curry pushed her
son to class and back in his wheel
chair every day, and according to
Curry, “There were always enough
men to carry me up the stairs
when I needed to go up them.”
Disaster Again
On the Wednesday before the
1959 Thanksgiving game, disaster
once again struck the Curry fam
ily: en route to A&M for the Tur
key Day game, Curry’s dad, Fred
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Opens Friday
How would you like to be a living part of a play without
any real effort? The opportunity will be granted tomorrow
night, as the Aggie players open their “Dirty Work at the
Crossroads,” an old-fashioned melodrama patterened after
those so popular in the “Gay*~
The play will begin at 8 p. m.,
and from start to finish, the audi
ence will have free reign to boo
and hiss at the villian, and cheer
on the hero with loud applause.
No ice throwing is suggested, how
This very new version of a typi
cal Melodrama so popular “way
back when” tells through humor
the surrowful story of Nellie Love
lace, a poor, simple country girl
who is taken advantage of in a
very vile manner; of Adam Oak-
hart, a virtuous blacksmith’s son
who crumbles under the influence
of alchohol; and of Munro Murgu-
troyd, the crawling “snake-in the
grass” who is “foiled through the
powers of good.”
“The audience participation in
this show will be a determining
factor in its success”, said C. K.
Esten, producer of the show. “I
can guarantee the people who come
will have plenty of opportunities
to boo and hiss, applaud, and yell,
if they feel like it.”
The production to be performed
in Guion Hall, will feature Marlene
Rushing as Miss Nellie Lovelace,
so innocent and pure, and Ed
Herider as Munro Murgutroyd the
villian, as wild as he is wicked.
Perry Pope and Travis Madole
will alternate the part of Adam
Oakhart, brave and bashful hero
of the play. Sara Pate will play
the Widow Lovelace, as sweet as
she is simple.
Other characters include Libby
Alexander as Ida Ringold; Bill
Stough as Mokkie Maguggins;
Gail Wilson as Mrs. Upson Aster-
bilt; Barbara Metzer as Leonie;
Kathy Westbrook as Fleurette, and
Sharon Garrison as Little Nell.
Special features of the show in
clude the old-time piano music with
the “tinny” touch played by Mrs.
Sue Medlin. Also, during intermis
sions, original vaudeville acts such
as dancers, comedians, Irish tenors,
and stunts will be performed.
The costumes worn by the play
ers are authentic, original articles,
some beinb over a hundred years
old, according to Mrs. Art Adam
son, who is in charge of costumes.
Mrs. Adamson said the costumes
Mother of Year, son Bill
... received unanimous vote
were collected from attics and other
desolate storage places to be re
vived for use in the play.
Persons furnishing the costumes
include Mrs. Philip Norton, Mrs.
Dona Carnes, Mrs. Bob Darrow,
Mrs. J. C. Culpepper, Mrs. Frank
Anderson, and Mrs. Spike White,
said Mrs. Anderson.
In charge of sets is Charles
Hearn, and assisting will be Henry
Turner, Gary Light, John Waddel,
and Joe LaRue. Lighting will be
handled by Don Reynolds.
The cast has worked for over
two months on the play, and in this
period many useful props have
been acquired through the efforts
of the Players. Also, very realistic
sound effects will be reproduced
through the use of large amplifiers,
tape recordings and other tech
niques of sending sound. Original
reproductions of everything from
birds to locomotives will be used
in the show, and four microphones
for the actors on stage.
Ducats Now
Being Sold
Tickets for the annual Student
Publications Banquet, scheduled
Friday, May 13, in the MSC Ball
room, are now on sale and will be
until Tuesday in the Office of
Student Publications in the base
ment of the YMCA Building.
Tickets sell for $1 per person.
The banquet, which is open to all
staff members of all student pub
lications, will be a smorgasbord.
On the program will be the an
nouncement of the Vanity Fair
finalists, the awarding of watches
to all out-going student editors,
the presentation of keys to all pub
lication staff members, the an
nouncement of the winner of the
$250 Babcock Essay Contest and
the presentation of the Battalion
Awards to ten outstanding faculty,
staff and student body members.
All students are urged to buy
their tickets as soon as possible
because of a shortage of ducats,
according to Johnny Johnson, out
going Battalion editor and presi
dent of the Press Club, which is
sponsoring the event.
Set Tuesday
Registration will be held Tues
day for all students planning to
enter A&M Consolidated Ele
mentary School for the first time
next fall at the school cafeteria
from 2 to 4 p.m.
Birth certificates and small
pox vaccination certificates will
be required of all children.
Any questions may be an
swered by calling the Elementary
School Office.
The tickets for the annual sen
ior barbecue can be acquired from
Allen Burns Stanley Wied, Ray
Murski, Wayne Schneider and
dorm presidents instead of pur.
chased, as we stated in Wednes-
day’s Battalion.