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Aggie Network Helps Bring Space Race Relic Home

Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 February 20, 2018 9:56 AM updated: February 21, 2018 8:28 AM

Gregory A. Hale '71, second from left, is pictured in an early 1960s Boy Scouts of America advertisement along with astronaut John Glenn.

After four decades, a piece of personal history for an Aggie and a relic from the Space Race found its way back home with a little help from the Aggie Network.

Gregory A. Hale ’71 was 13 in 1962 when he was included in a national ad campaign for Boy Scouts of America featuring astronaut John Glenn proclaiming “Scouting is all-OK join today.” The more than 50-year-old poster was discovered by local resident Mary McAuley recently when she was gathering tasks for Texas A&M students to perform during The Big Event, said Regan Fleener ’19, staff assistant for The Big Event.

“My job is I get to go and do job checks to make sure the homes are safe for students volunteering on Big Event day. My partner Parker and I were going to do a job check in Bryan, and Mary was explaining all the things she wanted us to have the volunteers do. One was to deliver old items from her college sweetheart to The Association [of Former Students],” Fleener said, noting McAuley hoped the poster could find its way back to the Hale family, as Hale passed away in 1996. 

Fleener brought the poster to the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center when she was ordering her Aggie Ring. Association staff located Hale’s daughter, Suzi Herrington ’97, who was excited to see the piece of her father’s past.

“I never thought I’d get a call [like this] but it’s so my dad. It’s such an Aggie thing, just the connections,” Herrington said of how the poster found its way back to her family. “He always knew people everywhere he went and never met a stranger. It just made my day but it also made me laugh because it didn’t surprise me.”

Herrington said her father was devoted to the Boy Scouts, working his way up to Eagle Scout.

Gregory Hale '71 in his senior Corps of Cadets uniform.

“It was neat to him. I think that was a really big deal just growing up in Houston,” she said. “I remember my grandmother talking to me about it. John Glenn came to Houston and lots of Boy Scouts went down to try out and he was one of them and he was chosen to be in the campaign.”

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