Monthly Archives: July 2012

Football, 1957: Preseason

I got quite a few requests today from emailers and commenters for more about the 1957 football season. The scrapbook we have, kept by one of the cheerleaders, is really charming and does cover the season thoroughly so I’m happy … Continue reading

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King Hill

I saw in the Chronicle the other day that the great Rice football player King Hill passed away last week at the age of 75. He played in the mid-1950s, an era that saw a pretty fair number of exciting … Continue reading

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Friday Follies

“Even Martians Are Voting For Nancy Moore” in the 1953 elections. Maybe it’s just me, but that seems like a dubious endorsement. On one hand there’s the undeniable appeal of the exotic, but I don’t think Martians have a good … Continue reading

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The Weekly Video, plus a Surprise that Came with a Mystery

I’m interrupting my completely unsolicited disquisition on the library to bring you this week’s video. The topic is one you won’t soon forget—the renovation of Baker Commons. First go back and take a look at these images of the bare … Continue reading

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Fondren Library, Part II: The Back

I mentioned yesterday that I think the original design of Fondren was ok—not stellar, but ok. I’m certainly not any kind of expert on architecture but I have looked at this campus long and hard for a very long time, … Continue reading

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Fondren Library

I’ve been quite busy over the last few days, busier even than normal (or for what passes for normal in the approach to the centennial). As the demands on my time have grown, I’ve gradually become more aware of my … Continue reading

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Unobsolete Technology

I’ve had a really crazy, busy and fun day today. There’s way too much going on for July. Part of the entertainment is an ongoing project of cleaning out a storage room in Abercrombie, which I should get finished sometime … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Thresher Edition, plus a surprise from Mary Worth!

Well, technically the Thresher came out on Thursdays in 1919 but who’s counting. Bonus: I don’t know about you folks, but the only use I have for the newspaper anymore is for the comics, which I adore. One of my … Continue reading

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Sewall Spires

I hurt my back recently and the easiest way to make it feel better is to bend over backwards. (If you see me doing this, please don’t laugh where I can hear you. It hurts my feelings.) This means that … Continue reading

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Fourth of July

What are you doing on the internet?! Go have some fun. These Rice girls knew how to do it all the way back in 1955:

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