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The Good Bull Hunting Archives

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We take a look at how Good Bull Hunting has evolved throughout human history.

As you are no doubt already aware, Good Bull Hunting is the oldest media outlet in Texas A&M history and continues to be the premiere source of information about the school and its athletic teams. The history of this media powerhouse is nearly as storied as the university itself.

During construction on Kyle Field this spring, GBH was forced to move its archive room housed deep under the western section of the stadium. Since then, we have been tediously cataloging those archives for posterity. Below you can find some of our favorite memories over the years.

Good Bull Hunting BBS (1993)

GBHBBS

There was a time when the screech of a modem was synonymous with the hottest takes on the bulletin board net, when (409)GOOD-BUL was the only number you needed to know to get all the 256 color images of football uniforms you could handle. This BBS is actually still active because we just don't have the heart to tell R.C. Slocum that no one has read his newsletter in decades.

Punch Card (1968)

GBHPunchCard

It is hard to imagine this era of GBH, when a single image of Edd Hargett made to look as though he was on the show The Twilight Zone took over 3.2 million punch cards and had to be housed in a room the size of an airplane hangar. Though many boxes were lost due to bats nesting in them, it is a testament to the robust nature of this technology as well as the comedy presented. Just looking at the card above it is clear that those Gene Stallings jokes are as true today as they were nearly 50 years ago!

Printed Newspaper (1940)

GBHPaper

This rare print was the first off the line the morning after Texas A&M won its first and only football national championship. Good Bull Hunting offered a daily print edition for many decades, finally ceasing production after losing the majority of its subscribers during a hearing before the United States Senate's Subcommittee On Investigations and Senator Joseph McCarthy in the mid-50's.

Telegram (1927)

GBHTelegram

The Roaring Twenties were heady times for this country, and Good Bull Hunting was no different. In those days the #GBHTailgate was telegrammed to readers across the country - at great expense to GBH because, like now, they did not ask for subscriptions or payment to provide premium #content.

Tapestry (circa 11th century)

GBHTapestry

Among the rarest items in the GBH archives is this early 11th century tapestry. Predating the founding of the university by nearly 800 years, it is clear that even then fans preferred that the team quit getting cute with the uniforms and just win the dang football.

Cave Painting (circa 32,000 B.C.)

GBHCavePainting

Originally found in a cave below where Kyle Field now stands, this painting is considered by many sports historians to be the earliest example of a scorching hot take, which is all the more impressive given that man would have only recently discovered fire. Clearly even early cro-maggies felt that they ran this state and did not fear the horned beasts to the west.