|Lulu standing in front of the|
tower where Charles Whitman
opened fire in 1966
It took us a little over an hour to drive from San Antonio to Austin today. I-35 is a busy highway - lined on both sides by shopping centers - auto dealers - camper sales - and hotels. Along the way you see signs directing you to a lot of small towns with German names. The weather was great - sunny and 75 - but when you were out in the sun - it was really hot. I could not imagine what it is like in the summer when sometimes they have over 50 days in a row reaching 100.
Lulu got us a Residence Inn Suite - right along the famous nightclub area called Sixth Street. We can walk to the Capitol and the campus of the University of Texas from here.
The first mass killing in a long list of many in the USA started here on August 1st 1966. Charles Whitman - a former marine and engineering student decided to go up the campus tower and start randomly shooting people. In 95 minutes - he killed 14 people while wounding 42 others. He also killed his wife and mother - to avoid them being embarrassed.
|Charles Whitman - Texas Tower killer|
August 1st 1966
A few days later - I entered Kutztown State College
as a freshman. I wanted to be a teacher.
Whitman was the youngest Eagle Scout at the time - getting the award at 12 years and 3 months. He had an IQ of 139. He was eventually shot by a police man - and an autopsy proved the gunman had a brain tumor.
|The UT Longhorns play in this campus stadium|
|Lulu at the Administration|
Building of UT
|You can see the State Capitol from the University of Texas|
|This art was made of aluminum canoes on campus|
|We visited an electric bike store. The bikes were|
well-made but cost between $2500 and $6000. In this one
the batteries are in the frame. It also has a kevlar drive belt.