I've been both a t-shirt fan and an alum. Never apologized for a minute about being a fan without attending.
Dropped out oh HS and joined the AF in Jan 1958. My best friend for HS always knew he wanted to go to Texas and get a law dgree (which he did). We were classmates at Lubbock HS.
Because of him and because everyone in the AF who wasn't from Texas would always pull for any team playing a college from Texas I became a UT fan, and the UT-OU game in '58 sealed the deal.
I stayed in the AF for 7 1/2 years and when I got out I moved to Dallas to work in electronics (I had been a radar technician on B-52s).
In January 1968 I started to night school at UTA and finished up two years there. I had good grades and a nice SAT score so I was able to get into UT (the real one).
My chief regret is that I got my degree too quickly. I entered UT with 41 hours of credit in January 1970 and graduated in August 1971 with a degree in Finance (Honors).
My course load by semester:
Spring '70 - 15 hours
Summer '70 - 12 hours
Fall '70 - 18 hours and placed out of an English class
Spring '71' - 18 hours
Summer '71 - 15 hours
Loved every freaking minute of it. Went to all of the football, basketball and most of the baseball games.