Friday Afternoon Follies

I was looking through some of the Baker College scrapbooks that I found in their library recently and much to my surprise I turned a page and discovered this picture of the distinguished Rice history professor Albert Van Helden, relaxing of an afternoon:

I particularly like the can of Schlitz, which reminds me of my happy youth.

In the interest of fairness, here’s a photo of a somewhat more scholarly-looking Professor Van Helden (in the Woodson, I believe) preparing for the 1987 symposium on Julian Huxley:

Bonus: You couldn’t make this up.

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7 Responses to Friday Afternoon Follies

  1. effegee says:

    Perhaps you photographic evidence of a subspecies of Ents that have invaded Rice? Here we have one sunning itself while another stands guard.

  2. Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

    That appears to be an aluminum Schlitz can.
    The pre-Aluminum Schlitz can was one of the hardest cans to bend manually, to prove one’s machismo.
    Drinking the beer also fostered thoracic hirsutism.

  3. Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

    There was a Chinese proverb that stated that if one wished to have a Large tree, one should plant a Small tree.

  4. Grungy says:

    Someone should set up an Academic Quad Webcam, with a time-lapse feature.
    This way the migratory paths of the various flora and fauna could be documented.

    Something I’ve been wondering about…
    In Houston, nearly all trees are planted with a variety of guy-wires for support (some support more successful than we’re seeing here).
    While we lived in Hawaii, I noticed that even really large transplanted palm trees – over 30′ tall – had no external support, and they never had the kind of problems that we’ve seen Dr. Kean document here. Hawaii is not without wind, so I have to wonder what both the people here are doing wrong and the people there are doing right.

  5. Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

    Oops, sorry, that’s Ireland, isn’t it?
    But the Saint’s day is just around the corner a wee bit and I was thinking on him.

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