The Oklahoma-Texas college football game takes place every year at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, and has done so since the 1920s. The stadium is divided at the fifty-yard-line, with half the arena filled with Longhorn fans sporting burnt orange apparel; the other half with crimson-clad Sooners fans.
Virtually every season since 1949, our father has been seated on the OU side. It’s an annual tradition, a pilgrimage he makes every year (we’ve been in attendance ourselves most years since 1976, but we can’t match Dad’s devotion and consistency).
A new publication from Kesselskramer Publishing put us in mind of Dad’s annual trips to Dallas. The latest in a series of photography books entitled In Almost Every Picture, Volume 7: Shooting Gallery shares a story in images of a Dutch woman who has, almost every year since 1936, when she was 16 years old (only the years 1939-1945 are missing), had a photograph taken as she fires a rifle at a shooting gallery. She’s continued to visit the shooting gallery, even into her late 80s, and the annual photographs continue.
So what’s the connection beween the Dutch woman and Dad and his annual excursions to Dallas? Just this—how great would it be if we had sixty snapshots of Dad in his seat at the Cotton Bowl, one taken every season since 1949? Pretty damn great, we say.
We’re quite taken with the In Almost Every Picture series, and urge you to check it out for yourself.