10.29.2009

Ring Of Fire

Just finished an article in this month's Texas Monthly about the Aggie bonfire tragedy which, amazingly, is coming up on its 10 year anniversary. The entire piece is composed of quotes from those that were there or from those who could place some historical context to it. That sounded stuffy. There's some moving, moving stuff in that article. ("I was assigned to a kid who was trapped inside the stack. I remember I was pretty freaked out because the only thing that was keeping this kid from being crushed by a log was the body of the kid next to him.") God bless the Aggies. I remember two days after the accident that the Dallas Morning News had a horrific photo of the collapse. I'll try and find it.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gig'em.

mzchief said...

Is this the correct DMN photo?

Anonymous said...

Dumaggies

Anonymous said...

learn how to stack logs and this wont happen.

Anonymous said...

me luvs me some aggie cheerleaders. !

Anonymous said...

WHY bring it back?

Anonymous said...

I remember when I heard about the bonfire collapse and I'm ashamed to say that my initial response was pretty selfish. I had worked on Bonfire over 20 years before while a student and had always remembered it as a tradition that was unique and unifying for A&M. I was angry that this might stop a great tradition and I was pretty touchy about callous remarks made by those that just couldn't understand.

Now, though I am a diehard Aggie, I believe discontinueing the Bonfire was the right thing to do. I know stopping brings none that were lost back, but no tradition is worth losing another young person.

If the article touched you, I invite you to visit the Bonfire Memorial on the A&M campus. It is a moving tribute and a reminder that some outstanding lives were shortened and these kids have been gone for 10 years now.

Barry, thank you for remembering them and I am confident that your contributors will show some restraint in their honor.

Anonymous said...

I remember the half time show at the game that year in College Station. The Longhorn band stood in silence in honor of the Aggie students and then marched off the field in silence. You could hear a pin drop in that stadium. Very moving.

Anonymous said...

Dumb-ass tradition for a real dumb-ass school with some real dumb-ass students.

Anonymous said...

3:02, you can't be too much of a diehard Aggie or you would know it's just Bonfire without the word 'the' in front of it.

Francine Fishpaw said...

Nicely put, 3:02.

Anonymous said...

Man I'm glad that's not a huge pile of Banjo's.

Anonymous said...

3:42.....
I am happy that you learned to type with your high school education. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

3:53
This is 3:02 and thank you for correcting me. The importance of tradition over respect for the fallen does make you, not me, the true diehard, but not the better Aggie.

Anonymous said...

6:24----

oxymoron alert---

"better" aggie. uh, no such thing

seriously? said...

wow, didnt realize how disrespectful and unintelligent the readers of this blog are... how can you make light of that situation or disrespect the school or its students in this post? moronic anon posters, must be envious that you weren't admitted to such a great institution... no other explanation is plausible.

Anonymous said...

3:42,
Still pissed that you couldn't get admitted with your crappy grades, huh?

3:02,
Kudos to you for your words, but you give the "posters" to this blog way too much credit. They have no honor, only "loud mouths and know-it-all complexes."

3:53,
you notice that in the first paragraph, 3:02 refers to "bonfire" without any "the.."
quit throwing stones... it's unbecoming of an Aggie.

3:02/6:24,
touche'!!

Anonymous said...

Very nice post BG. Thanks.

Football guru - Class of 1984

Anonymous said...

3:02, I'm not an Aggie. I hate the Aggies and all the dumbass traditions that go along with that school.

Anonymous said...

I am in ur Bonfire killin ur doodz.

Can I haz walk on ur grass?

Anonymous said...

The Bonfire Memorial on Campus will bring you to tears. It did me.

Bonfire was special, but 3:02 is right. It's not worth losing another Aggie ever again. We can still have Midnight Yell before the game, and voice our burning desire to beat the hell out of tu. Gig 'em Ags.

Aggie93 said...

I remember the t.u. game too. There was no rivalry at that half-time performance. Made me proud to be a TEXAN! Gig'Em! I was at A&M when it fell in 1994. I helped to rebuild that year. They really should have taken note then that something wasn't right because it was the same problem in 99.

Anonymous said...

"3:02, I'm not an Aggie. I hate the Aggies and all the dumbass traditions that go along with that school.

9:12 AM"

could that be because "your school" dosen't have any tradition? yup...
mooo

CaserAnn said...

Thanks & Gig'em!