Bus touts A&M
Houston County Courier - December 2007
By Daphne Hereford
On Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 5, Texas A&M University fans were amazed to see an Aggie tribute, in the form of a customized bus, parked at a barbecue restaurant on Loop 304.
The one-of-a-kind vehicle is named Bus 12 and was built by the Lane family of Junction to support A&M functions.
Brandee Thompson, and 14 of her fellow classmates are set to graduate on Friday, Dec. 14 and they made the visit to Crockett as their last road trip.
The grad school students will earn their master's degree in human resource management.
While in Crockett, Bus 12 also made a stop at a local bank to visit James Waldrop, who is reportedly a huge Aggie fan.
Ms. Thompson is the daughter of Robert and Linda Thompson, of Crockett.
Roger, Brent and Keith Lane traveled to every A&M away football game and in the fall of 2005, while at the A&M vs. Kansas State game they came across the "Cat Tracker."
The "Cat Tracker" is a converted school bus painted purple and white with various types of media and a small rooftop deck.
The Lane family decided that Texas A&M needed something to welcome students, alumni, visitors, and opposing fans to campus and the idea of "Bus 12" was born.
Bus 12 is a converted yellow school bus that was purchased and remodeled in May 2006.
It has an observation deck on top, and a patio on back.
It has a custom interior, three flatscreen televisions, a mobile satellite receiver, and a strong external sound system to facilitate Aggie Yell Practices and to support Aggie events of all kinds.
On April 13 Bus 12 attended its first Aggie Ring Day. The attendance schedule continued with an appearance on April 22 at the 2nd Annual Around the World 5K Run.
Then on Aug. 11, Bus 12 took part in the International Student Welcome Party.
In November Bus 12 participated in Elephant Walk and on Dec. 2, Bus 12 took part in the Bryan/College Station Christmas Parade.