One Man's Journey May 27 2019
It's October 5, 1941.
In just three days, the defending Southwest Conference Football Champions will be playing NYU in The House that Ruth Built. You want to be there, but there are no funds for trains or buses.
What's a poor Aggie to do?
The answer is find a way.
If you are Kyle Drake, Class of 1943, your way is found by walking outside and hanging your thumb in the wind.
Three days, 1650 miles and one date with a Pittsburgh gal later, Kyle was in Yankee Stadium cheering the Aggies to a 49-7 victory over the Violets (yes, they are really called the Violets.)
It was his twentieth birthday.
One night in the Hotel New Yorker and it was time to head home. Kyle grabbed a sign from the lobby, probably used to show attending Aggies where to catch the bus to the game the previous day.
He walked outside to the corner of 8th Avenue and W 35th and held up his sign.
The Hotel New Yorker
Hill 362A - Iwo Jima