Meet some of the Supporting
Cast of the Big Shootout
Beano Cook, ABC Staff
Carroll “Beano” Cook – ABC publicist and TV sports icon who scrutinized the entire 1969 football schedule before recommending Texas-Arkansas postpone their game to December 6 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of college football.
Bill Little, Sports Information Director
Bill Little – Assistant Sports Information Director
A former student assistant in the UT SID office, he came back to Texas in March of 1968 after serving two years as sports editor of the Oklahoma City Associated Press. A native of Winters, Texas.
Don Donner, Student Viet Nam Protestor
Donald Donner – A Vietnam veteran and University of Arkansas student. Led the war protest outside the stadium. Later had William Clinton and Hillary Clinton as one of his law professors at the University of Arkansas.
Doc Worthington, Band Director
Doc Worthington – Band Director for University of Arkansas. Played significant role in halting the Razorback band’s tradition of performing Dixie on December 6, 1969 – or ever again.
Dr. Gilbert Morgan, Professor
Dr. Gilbert Morgan – First black professor at University of Arkansas. Served as intermediary between the University administration and B. A. D. (Black Americans for Democracy)
Edith Royal, Wife of Coach Darrell Royal
Edith Royal – Wife of Texas coach Darrell Royal. Remembers it all.
Honor Franklin, Arkansas Student
Honor Franklin – Arkansas student and member of the Razorback Beauty Court but girlfriend and future wife of Longhorn guard Bobby Mitchell. Who was she rooting for?
Joe Tave, Assistant Dean of Men
Joe Tave – First African American employee of the University of Arkansas as Assistant Dean of Men. Chilling recall of the pep rally the night before the game.
Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt
Arkansas Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt – Close friend of Texas Congressman George Bush. Both men sat in the stands with President Nixon.
Karo Johnson, Student 1 of 200 UT
Students to Attend Game
Karo Johnson – Unique perspective of the Big Shootout. One of only 240 University of Texas students to receive a ticket to the game.
Linda Holmes, Arkansas Student and Daughter of Colonel Holmes
Linda Holmes Burnett – Girl friend and future wife of Razorback star running back Bill Burnett. Also, daughter of Colonel Eugene Holmes, who had a memorable and well-known encounter in Fayetteville with Bill Clinton in July of 1969.
Ron Walker, Nixon Advance Party
Ron Walker – Chief of the White House advance party that arrived in Fayetteville on December 4, 1969. Chairman of Nixon Foundation today. Great Nixon imitation.
Tom Muerer, Nixon Advance Party
Tom Meurer – With the Nixon advance party. Led Nixon into the stadium. Senior Vice President of Hunt Consolidated in Dallas today.
Dr. Otto “Bud” Zinke – World War II veteran and Arkansas University professor. Though a liaison between Donald Donner’s anti-Vietnam group and the University administration, Dr. Zinke participated in the anti-Vietnam demonstration on December 6h.