Pregame Tailgate Activities and UH vs.North Texas Football Game
Before gathering at the North Texas games for their special on-field recognition, the '62 Tangerine Bowl honorees, 135 strong, were feted by a special tailgate party in the H Association pavilion courtesy of the
'H' Association - (www.uhletterwinners.com )
"When we were walking on the field to get recognized, did I see some of the guys get that anxious feeling similar to what overcame us when we were ready to step on the field with an opponent back in 1962?"
Was Horst right? And, when we were touring the Athletic Facilities and watching today's Cougars do their walk-through, how many of us were flashing back to our old practice field on Wheeler, with its somewhat "pungent" aroma from the cattle rendering plant across Calhoun?
For the first time in 50 years, we were about to step foot back on a University of Houston football field — 35 lettermen, 16 freshmen and 3 equipment managers and trainers. In the crowd were Byron Beaver, Frank Brewer, Bobby Brezina, Gus Brezina, Gerald Dean, Richard Elliott, Rocky Hernandez, Demaree Jones, Ed Korenek, Wally Ludtke, John Magee, Jack Matejka, Bill McMillan, Sandro Minatrea, Pete Nikirk, Norman Oates, Wilbert Patterson, Horst Paul, Paul Reinhardt, Jack Skog, Billy Smith, Don Vlasek and Ron Yokubaitis and Clem Beard.
They were joined by then-freshmen Bernard Brezina, Don Caballero, Preasley Cooper, Calvin Enderli, Cotton Guerrant, George Hamilton, Ronnie Powledge, Mike Spratt, Ray Dudley, Pete Hermann, Anson Jones, and Tim Wright, Durrel Roddy and Danny Smith.
Rounding out our returnees were equipment managers Charlie and Richard Berry, Trainer Joe Kohlmaier, cheerleaders Taffy Lamping Hewett, Buddy Dacus and Ray Massey, Cougar Mascot Steve Benson and '62 Cougar Editor Mike Weingart. 1963 Cheerleader Josanna Smith helped with cheers from the stands.
The evening was completed with a victory by the current Cougar Team over North Texas; 44 to 21.
Questions - contact one of our Reunion Committee members. ( see end of web page )