Monthly Archives: October 2012

Wash Day

Have you ever stopped to think about how all those guys who lived in South and East Halls in the early days got their clothes clean? What?? You haven’t?!? Well, I have. There really weren’t any laundry facilities in those … Continue reading

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Update: Mrs. Henderson and the Helium Cryostat

Remember Betty Henderson and her thoughtful gift to Rice, a Collins Helium Cryostat? I’ve recently managed to dig up a couple of things that may begin to shed a little more light on this. I was a bit surprised to … Continue reading

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Centennial Aftermath, plus a Small Peek Behind the Scenes

I think it came off beautifully. There were big crowds, wise and touching words were spoken, people connected with old friends and the football team won. I spent most of my time taking photographs, most of which I haven’t looked … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies: Centennial Edition

I’m with her, but I think tonight mine will be a martini. Bonus: The Rice Flag flies again.

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With the centennial all around us, I’ve heard a lot of people marveling about how far Rice has come from its early days. It really is astounding to look back at how little we began with. A dorm and a … Continue reading

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The opening of the new Rice Institute got a lot of press coverage. It’s all pretty interesting but by far my favorite piece is this one from the October 6, 1912 New York Herald. (You can read it all if … Continue reading

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October 9, 1912

On this day a hundred years ago, they were putting the final touches on things before the opening ceremonies. We’re doing the same today. Bonus: Seriously, the campus is absolutely immaculate—much cleaner than it was in 1912. Even this thing … Continue reading

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A Centennial Miracle

Well, maybe not a miracle exactly. But it was a really interesting centennial coincidence. Last Friday a young woman, a current Rice junior, walked into the Woodson carrying a copy of the brochure that has the schedule of centennial events. … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies: Post-Chem Traumatic Syndrome

That’s what it says on the back of the picture. Sid Rich, 1986. Thirty-four copies of the Yellow Pages. I feel a bit like this myself these days.

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Mardi Gras Mambo, 1968

Things were crazy today, in a good way. I had several nice surprises, some unexpected scrapbooks and a fascinating document from 1920. I’ll need some time to sort that out, though, and I find myself this evening unable to produce … Continue reading

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