NOW, LET'S GO BACK TO THAT TIME. CAN YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT FELT LIKE, TO SEE THE NATIONAL GUARD RINGING YOUR HIGH SCHOOL, STANDING AROUND IN FRONT OF IT?
The only time that I saw the National Guard ringing our high school was on the evening news. And I didn't watch the evening news a great deal. Because we would uh, carpool to school, and park the car in a side lot, and then go in a side door. And we would go to our homerooms and then we would have five minutes between classes. And Central's such a big place, we would go to our next class. We were asked not to go to the front of the building. And most of us did what we were told to do. So um, the soldiers who were there, you would see them in the hall. You would see them at cheerleader practice, or gym, or football games, but they never bothered us, and we thought they were there, first, because Faubus was causing problems, and then, I think, most of us were glad, when then uh, the resolution came, with President Eisenhower taking charge. I saw, once again, the authority as stepping in and doing what's supposed to be done.