Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Houston Cougars in the 1960's -- Booksigning

Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs
Saturday Nov 7th    1-3 PM
           Book signing, discussion and reception with author, Robert Jacobus

We are especially pleased to welcome Robert Jacobus to Paragraphs to sign this book which tells the story of Houston Cougars coach Guy Lewis -- father of local South Padre Island businessman and legend Vern Lewis.

On January 20th, 1968, the University of Houston Cougar basketball team upset the UCLA Bruins, ending a 47 game winning streak.  Billed as the “Game of the Century,” the defeat of the UCLA hoopsters was witnessed by 52,693 fans and a national television audience – the first-ever regular-season broadcast nationally.

But the game would never have happened if Houston coach Guy Lewis had not recruited two young black men from Louisiana in 1964: Don Chaney and Elvin Hayes.  Despite facing some resistance in Houston and also on the road in East Texas junior college gyms their freshman season, by their senior campaign of 1967-68 Chaney and Hayes led the Cougars to a 32 game winning streak and to the second of two visits to the Final Four.

Similarly, in Cougar football coach Bill Yeoman integrated his program in 1964 with the nation’s top recruit, running back Warren McVea of San Antonio.  Throughout his Cougar career, McVea, and later his other black teammates, integrated college football venues throughout the South.

Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century, features the first-person accounts of the players, the coaches and others involved in the integration of intercollegiate athletics not just in Houston, but also in the South as a whole.  

Houston Cougars in the 1960s tells the gripping story of the courageous players, visionary coaches, and the committed supporters who blazed a trail not only for athletic success but also racial equality in 1960s America.

Robert Jacobus – Recently retired from teaching history and coaching volleyball, basketball, and tennis in Texas public schools, his last 10 years were spent teaching dual credit US History through Wharton County Junior College at Foster High School in Richmond, Texas.  He currently teaches history at Lone Star College in Katy, Texas.  He resides in New Territory in Sugar Land.

This event is free and open to the public.
Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
For information call us at 956-433-5057


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