By Joe Gulick
Dirk West once said, “I didn’t invent the Aggie joke. I just put Aggie jokes in cartoon form.”
And he put a lot of Aggie jokes into his sports cartoons over the years. He really enjoyed kidding Texas A&M, but it was all done in fun. Dirk numbered many Aggies among his friends, and he admired several things about the Aggies, including their consistently good teams, strong school spirit, great fan support ... and their sense of humor.
He rarely heard from an offended Aggie but often heard from Aggies who enjoyed the good-natured ribbing.
In this cartoon from Oct. 3, 1980, Dirk extended his kidding to College Station. In addition to drawing the Aggie’s face on city leaders and giving them a one-word speech, he drew an outhouse outside the hotel and zinged the city on the hotel sign.
The snuff advertisement sign on the hotel was an inside joke. At the time, Dirk temporarily had quit smoking and was dipping snuff instead.
The Baylor Bear referred to an 11-3 victory the previous Saturday over the lackluster Red Raiders.
The Boo Bird is talking about Tech coach Rex Dockery and A&M coach Tom Wilson. A&M won the game 41-21, and Tech went on to finish the season at 5-6 in Dockery’s third and final year.
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