By Joe Gulick
Dirk West retained his childhood love of comic books throughout his life and enjoyed saluting the original Captain Marvel in this cartoon from Sept. 27, 1983.
Captain Marvel’s alter ego was newsboy (and later radio announcer) Billy Batson, who became the super hero by saying “Shazam,” the name of an ancient wizard. Dirk was 11-years-old when the first Captain Marvel comic was published.
Jerry Moore was in the third of his five seasons as Texas Tech coach when the underdog Red Raiders beat Baylor 26-11 in Waco. It was the first Tech victory over Baylor in five years.
Uncle Blue Plate was a predecessor of Uncle Upright — without Upright’s wacky personality — and his computer had picked Tech in the two previous cartoons to win by 10 points.
The Aggie and Razorback were talking about their coaches, Jackie Sherill (who had replaced former Tech player and coach Tom Wilson) and Lou Holtz.
The Hobbs Hornet was freshman running back Timmy Smith, who carried 15 times for 75 yards against Baylor but had no carries in Tech’s previous game, a 28-13 loss at Air Force.
Where is the Red Raider? He had said “Shazam” and turned into Captain Moorevel, of course.
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