|Back in 1983 I
was a football season ticket holder when a
co-worker, Charlie Graves, asked me if I would fill in for Steve Taylor
when he couldn't help run the Double T
message board for some football games because Steve was a new father.
That consisted of spotting Tech players who
participated in a tackle or an offensive play and relay their number to
the keyboard operator, or being
the keyboard operator. That
system was run by a teletype with something like 32k of memory which
drove a matrix of lights
42 high by 119 long, each light being an incandecent bulb of 60w.
As Steve's family grew along with his fatherly responsibilities, I became more regular and then permanent in 1985. Charlie retired in 1986 and I would use Steve when he could help. We started out making $25/game that also included a pre-game meal and if a road game trip if there was space on the team charter. I've gone with the team to places like Albuquerque, Dallas, Houston and Waco. For some reason, there never was an availability for Fayetteville, Little Rock or Austin back in the Southwest Conference days.
Animation is created by picking which lights to illuminate, then saving that "frame". You combine multiple frames with a display time setting (the least being 1/6 second). Upon executing the file, it "tricks" the eye into seeing motion with each small frame change. Though no graphic artist, I've created many animations for football, basketball, track and special events since 1985, some for the City of Lubbock when Tech Basketball was played in the Coliseum.
Upgrades to the operating software and new vendors would occur slowly over the years. The most recent was 2006 when Daktronics installed the most recent LED message center and controller/laptop. The associated pages below chronicle the evolvement of work for the TTU Athletic department. In 2014, Texas Tech retired the Double T message board and I was out of a football job. At the end, it was $75/game and the pre-game meal. Parking (parking pass - free) was about 2 miles away so I worked a deal with Traffic & Parking, allowing me to park at the Computer Center (I was an on-call person) and was 200 yards away from my work gate.
In 2017, I started keeping the scoreboard for Texas Tech Baseball. Under my focus, Texas Tech has been a regional post-season host (16 regional sites) in 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
Jones AT&T Stadium
Texas Tech University
|United Spirit Arena
Texas Tech University
|Men's basketball games: Game Clock operator|
|Women's basketball games: Game Clock operator|