LH resident and SMU professor emeritus Darwin Payne will speak to the SMU Lettermen’s Association Friday about his new book, In Honor of the Mustangs. Payne, Class of ’68 and Centennial Historian for SMU, wrote the book alongside photo editor Gerry York, Class of ’58 and curator of SMU’s Heritage Hall, who hand-selected 650 photographs to tell the story of Mustang athletics.

Payne, who raised LHHS graduates Sarah and Hannah with wife, Phyllis, will be on hand at the SMU Athletics Legends Luncheon to autograph books and answer questions. Also there will be many of the athletes featured in the Centennial History, which includes SMU’s founding in 1911, its heyday in the Southwest Conference, its infamous Death Penalty and its 2009 victory in the Hawaii Bowl.

Payne has written several books (a list is available here), including Quest for Justice, a biography of Louis A. Bedford Jr. and the struggle for equal rights in Texas, and Indomitable Sarah, about the life of Judge Sarah T. Hughes.

The luncheon will be held in the Mack Grand Ballroom of SMU’s Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer, from 11:30am to 2pm. To RSVP, email the Lettermen’s Association here.

If you’d rather just buy the book, copies are available at Culwell & Son on Hillcrest across from SMU for $55. If you hang out at Mariano’s long enough Darwin and Phyllis are bound to walk in, and you can get your autograph that way.