An exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of UT’s first National Football Championship and celebrating the life of legendary coach Darrell K Royal will be on view at the H. J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports beginning Saturday, September 14 through this winter. The exhibition features photographs, letters, and other memorabilia related to Royal’s life, the 1963 National Championship football team, a huge team photo recently signed by the members of the ‘63 team, images from scrapbooks kept by Edith Royal, and other items from the Darrell and Edith Royal Collection, now housed at the Stark Center.
To kick off the opening of the exhibition, there will be a special book signing honoring Edith Royal and Jenna McEachern, co-authors of DKR: The Royal Scrapbook (UT Press, September 2012).
Football ticket holders will have first access to the exhibition, which will officially open before the ‘Ole Miss Game, at 5p.m. on September 14.*
Written by Austin-based author and UT alumna Jenna McEachern and Edith Royal, DKR: The Royal Scrapbook offers an intimate, insider’s view of the private life of the man behind the legend through an extraordinary collection of photographs and memorabilia lovingly preserved by Royal’s wife of more than sixty-five years, Edith. Accompanying the images are moving recollections from fellow coaches and former players, family members, and friends who testify to Royal’s honesty and integrity and the transformative effect that his character has had on the legions of people whose lives he has touched.
* The exhibition will be open to the general public on non-game days. For more information visit: http://www.starkcenter.org/