From The EditorAug. 24, 2004
This issue is filled with memories, most notably of the Miracle on the Brazos season of 1974. Veteran sportswriter Dave Campbell, editor of the second most-revered publication in the Bible Belt -- Texas Football -- takes us through the ups and downs of that incredible season, with Coach Grant Teaff and key players sharing their memories.
Speaking of Coach Teaff, we thank Waco illustrator Tim Holden for the beautiful oil painting on the cover. Although not a Baylor alum, he is the husband of one -- Allison Holden, our former assistant editor. We also are grateful to Dr. Scott Livesay, BA '68, who gave us access to his extensive collection of Baylor memorabilia to illustrate the Miracle story. It's been a long time since anyone on our staff saw an actual cotton boll -- OK, maybe never -- but Scott had a few, with faded green and gold ribbons attached.
And we thank the many folks who wrote us and shared reminiscences about that season (page 22). What great stories! The memories of that glorious upset of UT are as vivid today as they were 30 years ago. Once you've seen a miracle, your faith never wavers -- I guess that explains our die-hard Baylor fans.
There are other memories in this issue as well. Eileen Hulme, vice president for student life, introduces us to three generations of Baylor students in her family on page 38 and tells how Baylor's commitment to individual students has changed and also remained constant.
And Andy Dement, a founding member of Student Foundation, now celebrating its 35th year on campus, remembers that group's beginnings in a story on page 22.
We also share an essay by longtime biology professor Ray Wilson, who died July 9 while leading the Baylor in Great Britain program. Wilson had prepared his Insight (page 55) for us shortly before he left on that trip. The topic -- befriending students, which he made his personal ministry for the 30 years he taught at Baylor. Within three weeks this summer, Baylor lost Ray and two other beloved professors -- Robert Jones of the Hankamer School of Business and A.J. (Chip) Conyers of George W. Truett Theological Seminary (for obituaries, visit pr.baylor.edu).
It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of these three exemplary men -- friends who left us too soon.