Gig ’em Spirit Warm Fuzzy

The year was 1984. There were no cell phones. Email and the Internet were in their infancy. MTV was a music video channel that was widely watched. The simplest form of showing emotion and speaking one’s mind was the simple weepul (wee people), a precursor to the emoji when everything on the computer began with a cursor. This creative critter was the product of three Texas A&M University students and could be found in campus bookstores and other point-of-purchase locations in Aggieland.

Gig'em Spirit as a weepul, pom pom critter, or warm fuzzy
Gig’em Spirit® as a weepul, pom pom critter, or warm fuzzy—the emoji of the early 1980s.

Newspaper Delivery

San Antonio Light Newspaper, June 10, 1977.
One of my first jobs was delivering newspapers in San Antonio. Here’s the front page from the San Antonio Light Newspaper, June 10, 1977 (note the “No Nudes is Good Nudes” masthead). The Sunday papers back then were anything but light. Nevertheless, I’d load up the shoulder satchels, hop on my bike, and block-by-block lessen the load on my wheels. Before the sun came up, I’d be back in bed.