Friday Afternoon Follies

Here’s another startling discovery from the Baker College scrapbooks, circa 1975:

Clearly a retreat of some sort, at someone’s ranch. It’s hard to believe that intelligent Rice students would be brandishing cow patties for the camera but this seems to be the case.

Bonus: I had a tiny little distraction today. My granddaughter Ann had her first visit to campus. She visited the library where she enjoyed the Dorothy Hood painting, “Nebula at the Edge of Time:”

While there, she stopped in at the Woodson Research Center to see the exhibit about William Ward Watkin:

A snack at the Brochstein Pavilion:

And finally a visit to the Italian cypresses on the quad:

Like generations of students before her, she slept through a lot of it.

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12 Responses to Friday Afternoon Follies

  1. Deborah Gronke Bennett says:

    Can we have a tour of that lovely cabinet in the Woodson in a later post? I am intrigued at what you have on display.

  2. effegee says:

    I believe that is Charlie Pau at the right end of the back row.

  3. Mike Ross says:

    The older adult sitting second from the left is William V. (Bill) Ballew, Jr., a notable attorney with Baker Botts and an active Baker College community associate in the late 60s/70s.

    (I’m surprised not to find much information on the web about about his many activities, except for a description of two boxes of papers relating to his work with the Houston-Harris County Economic Opportunity Organization that are in the Woodson Research Center (MS 254: . )

  4. Leoguy says:

    Are you sure it’s safe to let Ann get so close to the tree? It could fall over at any time.
    Just saying.

  5. Grungy says:

    That’s Mike Parmet in the front row, with the cowboy hat on.
    It’s a Baker College Board Retreat.
    Held at Community associates ranch about 50 miles out of town, near Hempstead in 1975.
    Mike says that 5 of the people in the picture were from the original Baker 13.

  6. Matt Noall says:

    The guy in the back on the far right looks
    To be Charlie Pau. I think it’s Ann Brooks in the middle. I recognize other faces but it’s been too long for the names to
    Pop up

  7. Grungy says:

    Ann was in Jones – these are all Bakerites.

    Mike Parmet sent this list, along with a note about how embarrassing it is to not be able to remember all of their names.

    Front Row:
    Cheryl Hein
    Bill (Ballew) – Attorney/Community associate – deceased
    Danny ?
    Nancy ?
    Front – Mike Parmet (with hat – me)
    Ann S
    Tom Fornoff
    Bill Lee – attorney somewhere in Dallas

    Second Row
    Steve Dawe – deceased
    Bill ? (Just below in dead center)
    Joan Kelhoff
    Kevin Allen
    Charlie (Pau)

  8. Steve Michaluk says:

    Hi Bob,

    Yes, I worked in Columbia, KKMC, and the Delft Office. I met you at KKMC, and I became friends with Steve. He was a gentle soul. The last time I saw him was in the Fall of 1980 when he visited me in Delft, Holland. I returned to the USA shortly after that and I lost touch. In the age of the internet I search for people, names from the past, and I found this string. I reached out the the Houston Public Library and they send me the Houston Chronicle obituary from July 2, 1987. It listed his wife as Marguerita Dawe. I didn’t know he got married. After MKSAC I was offered a job with MK to go to their new project in Colombia, South America (CONUS office based in Burlingame, CA, but I declined. I wondered if Steve had gone back to work for MK. If you want me to send it to you reply to my e-mail address: So many years ago. Steve was 34 when he passed away at home according to the obit. Best wishes, Steve Michaluk

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