In the following years, cadets continued forming the Block T with slight changes in method and presentation. The 1922 yearbook describes students marching to “Pop Goes the Weasel” before forming the T and raising colored handkerchiefs to split the letter into alternating maroon and white halves. However, due to postwar circumstances and a lack of coordination, the Corps performed the Block T more sporadically.
By the time the late William Dorsey ’57 was appointed Head Yell Leader in 1956, the tradition had been on hiatus throughout his time in College Station. Dorsey, sentimental to Old Army ways, was determined to resurrect it, eventually approaching band director Col. E.V. Adams ’29 for permission. Adams agreed on the condition that band members cut their performance short to make time for the formation. “He also told me the big, basic requirement was permission from ‘the Bear,’ Coach Paul Bryant,” Dorsey later wrote, “and I could tell he thought that might be ‘tough’ (meaning impossible).”
The band voted yes. Bryant voted no. The day after Dorsey learned of the coach’s rejection secondhand, he talked past several athletic staff to convince Bryant in person, rattling off his fervent pitch in Bryant’s office. Finally, the legendary coach looked up and said, “Hell, son, if it means that much to you, go ahead.”
With the Bear’s approval, Dorsey called upon his connections with Corps leadership, and the formation went off without a hitch on Nov. 17, 1956. “The spirit of Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets was demonstrated that day and showed clearly what our school is all about and why,” Dorsey said.
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