By Shelbi LeMeilleur
James Knox Walker Jr. spent the better part of his childhood on the campus of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Better known now as Texas A&M University, “College” – as it was referred to in the 1930s – was very different than the campus you see today. In his new memoir, “Over at College,” Walker describes what life was like growing up as a “Texas A&M Campus Kid” in the ‘30s.
In 1930, there were 101 residential buildings on the Texas A&M campus. The college’s faculty, staff, and their families lived on campus in a “village,” as Walker aptly calls it. Throughout the novel, Walker recounts cap gun wars amongst the neighboring children, Texas A&M traditions such as Bonfire, and special events on campus like when President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited. His stories are told with such clarity, it’s almost like jumping in a time machine and walking around campus alongside him.
Alumni, current students, friends, family, and fans of Texas A&M alike will find this book immersive, educational, and entertaining. To be able to see Texas A&M through young Walker’s eyes is a real treat. For some, this may be a walk down memory lane, but for others, it’s an opportunity to see the University as you’ve never seen it before.
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