Puddle Jumper

I got soaked today on my way home from lunch, unlike this clever lass who managed to dodge the water in 1952. But where is she? The photo was with a bunch of others all clearly taken on campus, but I can’t quite see this.

Bonus: Another video! This is one of my favorites so far, as Brandon has kept some of my “humor” in there. Don’t worry if you miss it–I was holding back.

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9 Responses to Puddle Jumper

  1. C Kelly says:

    The video is great. Does anyone know the history of the Gothic R as Rice’s athletic logo? I’m sure it came from the baseball program, but who proposed it? (One source says it was worn by the 2003 NCAA championship team.) TIA to anyone who can give an answer.

  2. Dagobert Brito says:

    Melissa, I think you are looking at Baker College from a point near the present location of the Pavilion. When I got to Rice in 1959 there was a ditch that would fill with water about the point where you see the puddle of water in the picture.

  3. Bill Allison says:

    Melissa, again a great video. On the Olde English R, here is a prior post from the Parliament message board that I pass on:

    “Having said all the above, a quick check of the trademark office website shows that Rice has several registrations of the Olde English R. The oldest one I found for just the R (as opposed to the R on Sammy’s chest ala the S on Superman’s chest) was filed Oct. 20, 2003, registered on Sept. 14, 2004 and claims a date of first use at least as early as February 1992.”

    Melissa no doubt knows more on this subject. I note that Coach Graham came to Rice in 1992. Coincidence?

    • C Kelly says:

      Thanks, Bill. That was really my question — Did Wayne Graham have a hand in the logo? CK

  4. Am I crazy? I thought the Olde English R had always been around, at least in modern times. I’m almost 100% sure that it was occasionally seen if not commonplace when I got here in 1980. I know Rice registered a bunch of trademarks, especially athletic logos, much later. I find the little “TM” on Rice gear to be sort of overly precious, actually. Grungy, do you have any insight on the Olde English R?

  5. marmer01 says:

    Yeah, I think it’s looking back toward Baker from over near the library. Those groups of four little windows look like Baker.

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