Monthly Archives: March 2012

Friday Afternoon Follies

I hope there’s not a bug down there.

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A Future Congressman, plus a Thank You

I had an exceptionally busy day today and in the course of it I had a conversation that touched on the man who represented Rice’s congressional district for three decades, Albert Thomas, ’20. Throughout those decades Thomas was a stalwart … Continue reading

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OK, so what’s this one?

Trying to help someone with a project about the history of engineering the other day, I thought that a worthwhile place to begin might be the papers of Jim Sims ’41, the long serving Civil Engineering professor and administrator. That seemed … Continue reading

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“The Way We Are”

One day last week as I was hunting for an image I came upon an entire slide carousel with each picture numbered and all in precise order. To me this was an immediately interesting exception to the haphazard arrangement that … Continue reading

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Bessie Smith, Class of 1923

Here’s yet another demonstration of how twisty things can be in the archives. As I was searching the photographic record of the early commencements, intent on understanding exactly how the processions worked, I had a nice laugh over this picture … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies

Don’t they look glorious?

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Procession Mania!

I’ve been going crazy over academic processions today! It’s totally out of control. When you go back and look closely at exactly where they are going and when, it seems like a mad kaleidoscope of marching. Well, sort of. You … Continue reading

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Some Random Updates, Inspired by the Comments Section

I really appreciate all the ideas and questions in the comments this week. Some puzzling things have certainly cropped up these past few days. I’ll start with the football tucked under the fellow’s arm in this picture from Monday. A … Continue reading

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Commencement 1920, complete with a big surprise

Just a quick one this afternoon–we’re headed to the Rockets game tonight, where I anticipate booing Kobe with great enthusiasm. I had occasion today to discuss how the early commencement ceremonies were arranged. I’m pretty sure that the faculty robed … Continue reading

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Another Bout of Geographical Confusion, a Really Bad One This Time

This is quite an odd photo. It looks to be three baseball players plus one football player. At least, he’s wearing a different kind of uniform and he seems to have a football tucked under his arm. But where are … Continue reading

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