Ah, the Rally Club. Rice Manhood in all its glory.
We have the minute books for this organization going all the way back to its founding. (The contents are truly fascinating.) In essence, nothing changed from start to finish except that back in the early days these guys would have been in evening wear.
I remember this picture – it may have appeared in the Campanile. I seem to remember it was taken in one of the elevators in Sid Ricardson college. Those definitely look like haircuts (and moustaches) from about 1979 or 1980.
I recall vividly the initiation of new members in 1950. They had to wear tuxedo coat etc., no pants, just boxer shorts. Then there was the annual after football season beer bust in Memorial Park.
I was president 1950-51
That was the “break training” party, in my day.
1982 Campanile, page 96.
I just reread your post. What is a “minute book”. And you say “the end” Is the Rally Club no more?
Like S.L.O.B., interest waned and *poof*.
I don’t think it had anything to do with interest waning. It looks like it had to do with club getting into a lot of trouble:
Coor’s Beer ! ???
Our Rally Club did NOT drink that overhyped Colorado water.
And Lite Coors, at that.
No wonder the Rally Club folded.
The picture is the Sid elevator but the participants are all Wiessmen. Standing are
Danny Lee, Tex Sandlin, and Mike Eastman. Upside down is Randy Gardell. Randy was being paid to be the on-campus rep for Coors beer that year and therefore an excellent source of free beer.
Check out how the Texas Archival Resources Online site summarizes the Rally Club’s history, as revealed through those archives. It’s a good read! http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/ricewrc/00708/rice-00708.html