I took a legit day off today and wasn’t going to post anything. But I was wasting time on Facebook a little while ago and I saw something interesting on the Rice Centennial page. Here’s the announcement for this year’s Kalb lecture, which will be held on February 9:
This is a Big Deal lecture series, always worth hearing, and it’s free to the public. If you have the inclination it would almost certainly be worth your while.
But of course, that’s not what grabbed my attention.
What stopped me was my (admittedly very belated) realization that this lecture series is named for Ervin “Tiny” Kalb, seen on this blog repeatedly as a member of the first graduating class and an early football hero. Naturally, he’s the big guy:
Like most of the members of that class, Kalb remained interested and closely involved with Rice for the rest of his life. We have that gang to thank for starting many of the traditions that still exist here and for naming the Campanile and the Thresher. Here are some of them at their 40th reunion. Tiny’s not difficult to spot:
Shockingly, I know who every one of these people is! Three others besides Kalb have been mentioned here. If you can identify any of them, I’ll be really impressed.