Friday Follies: Homecoming King

This one isn’t from 1951. It’s a Tommy Laverne image and it’s stamped 1993 but I’ve learned to be skeptical of those stamps.

Cute little fella, though.

Homecoming king 1990s T lavergne045

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Always Try to Get a Window Seat

I have a long meeting today. Be back tomorrow.

Guy looking out gym window nd 70s  065

Unlabeled, undated. I assume it’s the ’70s and I also assume it’s the gym.



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Special Guest Star, Homecoming 1951

Here are two quite unusual images from the file labeled “Homecoming 1951”:

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Homecoming 1951 Jack Glenn family at airport 1 053

Well now. What to make of this? I’ve never seen anything like it. What alumnus could merit a microphone on the tarmac, not to mention special trip out to the airport by Miss Sarah Lane?

One of the envelopes inside the folder had a name on it: Jack Glenn. He turns out to be precisely the fellow in the center of the top photograph. In addition to his local fame as president of the Rice Institute’s class of 1926, Glenn was famous as the producer of “The March of Time,” a newsreel series that was shown in movie theaters for several decades. I’ve had a look at a few of the episodes on YouTube and they are difficult to categorize. It’s not really news, exactly, but something more like short, opinionated documentaries narrated by a man with a booming voice. In a turn of events that has left me a bit dazed, “The March of Time” has a Facebook page. If you like messing around with things like this it is well worth your while:

All of this is interesting but as usual it’s something else that has caught my attention. It didn’t take long discover that Jack Glenn’s papers (142 boxes worth!) are preserved for some reason in the archives of the University of Wyoming. Most of the collection is his professional papers and film but there are several entries in the finding aid that are clearly Rice related including—hang on—a scrapbook from his student days.

I need to go there.

Bonus: Come see our new display in the trophy case in the RMC and think about coming to the panel on February 18th too. With a topic like this it can’t fail to be interesting.


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How It’s Done, 1951

This isn’t what I meant to talk about today (I’ll get to that later) but it’s too fabulous to put aside.

I sat down this afternoon to find the pictures that I originally wanted, typed “1951” into the search box where I store my images and what popped up first was another picture from the event I wrote about yesterday. It came from a completely different place–Bud Morehead’s slides– and it is in glorious kodachrome:

New Morehead slide Homecoming 1951

Even better, the label on the slide gives us an idea of what was going on that day:

New Morehead slide Homecoming 1951 label JFD

Fair Warning: I’m out of town at a meeting the next couple of days so if posting is slapdash or nonexistent, well, you were warned.

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Battle of the Bands, 1951

These turned up in a folder of pictures from Homecoming in 1951. It took me a minute to realize that they were two completely different outfits:

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Homecoming 1951 1   052

I’m always going to vote for the band that includes a banjo.

Something else quite interesting emerged from this folder and I’ll tell you about it tomorrow. It might require a trip to Wyoming after the snow melts.





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Friday Follies: “The University sincerely regrets . . .,” 1961

This was the best laugh I had all week:

Archiarts press release March 1961 045

I thought about digging out the picture of the students dressed as a priest and a pregnant nun but I was afraid it would detract from the beauty of the exasperated press release, which I believe stands on its own.

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What is this person’s job?

Since finding that spectacular picture of the trustees at the 1946 baccalaureate service last week I’ve been looking closely at images of other such events. There’s a lot to be said about these and I may well go back and say it later but for right now I just wonder this: what is the job of the person sitting with pen and ink at the desk in front of the dais?

I picked out three years but there are more. Here’s 1918:

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Baccalaureate 1919 what job 049


Baccalaureate 1925 what job 048




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