Texas Football, Inside Photo, LIFE Magazine, 17 November 1941
Number 73 at the top of the picture is George "Hoot" Watkins.
The picture is of some University of Texas football players from LIFE
Magazine of November 17, 1941. Two weeks earlier, Hoot's brother, James
H. "Tid" Watkins not only appeared in the November 3, 1941
LIFE Magazine, but he was on its cover! (LIFE
cover of Cadet "Tid" Watkins).
|To: Bob Kellman
October 27, 2001
Subject: Your e-bay item
The article begins on page 110, the picture of the UT Tower which is still there and bathed in orange light whenever the Longhorns win. All us Longhorn grads drive around town looking at the tower to see if it is lit after games.
My uncle (George "Hoot" Watkins) is on page 112. The picture with Coach D.X. Bible in the foreground. Uncle George "Hoot" is in the top row of players, second from left, number 73. He still lives here in Austin .
Uncle George was actually a a 2nd string tackle, but lettered before the lst string guy because they won so many games by large margins.
|From: Michael Watkins
To: Bob Kellman
October 3, 2001
Subject: Thanks for the great tip on these magazines
What I forgot to tell you is: one of these 1941 magazines had a picture of the 1941 University of Texas football team on the cover. Although my Uncle (Dad's brother) did not make it on the cover, his picture is inside with the story. So Tid (my Dad) and Hoot (my Uncle) made it into LIFE Magazine the same year. Hoot is my Marine Corps uncle who was on Iwo Jima. His football team played their last game against Oregon in Austin on December 6, 1941. The entire team enlisted in the Marine Corps on December 8, 1941.
Thanks for the great tip on these magazines. Mother always likes these LIFE Magazines to give to the grandchildren.
|Editor's note: See the LIFE Magazine cover containing this photo by clicking here: Texas Football '41 cover.|
photos are from LIFE Magazine of November 17, 1941, published just
three weeks before Pearl Harbor. These
members of the University of Texas Football team include George "Hoot"
Watkins, the wearer of jersey number 73. Only two weeks earlier,
on November 3, 1941, George's brother, James H. (Tid) Watkin's, a
cadet at West Point,
-- was the subject
of a LIFE Magazine cover.. See the Tid Watkins photo at:
LIFE cover of Cadet "Tid" Watkins.
to Tid's son Mike, his
Uncle George's football team played their last game against Oregon
in Austin on December 6, 1941. The entire team
including Uncle George "Hoot" Watkins
enlisted in the Marine Corps on December 8, 1941. It is
stories like this that make me proud to be an American." --