Friday Afternoon Follies: Homecoming, 1951

This newspaper clipping came out of an alumni scrapbook. I might be mistaken, but I believe that’s the only picture I’ve ever seen of Dr. Lovett goofing around. Dr. Houston seems to be having a jolly time as well.

Homecoming November 1951 Dyers

Folly Update:  Will Cannady has come up with an explanation of this picture from a couple of weeks ago.

Will Cannady at UT

The photo was taken in 1971 while Jonathan King and I were visiting the library.  We were writing an article about the LBJ Library just after it was completed as part of a series of articles we called “Photo Critiques”.  Our article did not say many nice things about this building’s design.  These were published by the English magazine Architectural Design, widely known as AD.  Jonathan King was the photographer.

Thank you, Professor Cannady!

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8 Responses to Friday Afternoon Follies: Homecoming, 1951

  1. Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

    Owls, please note Howton’s number, i.e., 84.
    Marshal Crawford of Class 1956 had that number.
    So did Buddy Dial later on.
    I have forgotten what number Froggy Williams wore.

    So whenever you see #84 on an end, be alerted that the coaching staff expects good things from him.

  2. mjthannisch says:

    That short tie, reminds me of one of the ties that Germans still wear with trachten ((traditional German clothing)

  3. john wolda says:

    Froggie Williams, my all time favorite player was also #84. Froggie, Bill Howton and Buddy Dial were all first team All Americans.

    • Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

      John, as I recall without researching, Marshall Crawford was selected on All-Southwest Conference teams. In the days when the SW Conference was a top level conference.

  4. Yes, ties were commonly quite short until the mid-’60s. That may be related to military uniforms and their buttoned jackets but probably has more to do with just what people were used to as well as a wider acceptance of buttoned jackets and especially double-breasted jackets.

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