Monthly Archives: December 2013

Friday Morning Follies: “Deliver to north entrance of Physics Building”

I found this in Julian Huxley’s papers. I think it’s a joke. I mean, he might plausibly have needed an alligator but I can’t see why Berings would stock them. Huxley was both a writer and a collector of amusing … Continue reading

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Jim Crownover (’65) and the Pathetics

I attended a pretty fancy event last evening–the unveiling of the portrait of Rice’s immediate past Chairman of the Board, Jim Crownover (’65). Jim is a good guy and has served Rice very well so it was nice to see … Continue reading

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Sweet Vindication and Woods Hole

I understand that in all likelihood I’m the only person who remembers this, yet I’m still going to exult in it. I wrote a post some time ago that began with this image: Here’s what I had to say about … Continue reading

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Charles Kaplan, ’47

This note showed up in my email box the other night, sent by loyal reader Charlie Szalkowski: I was at a dinner event this evening when I learned that a longtime friend was related to your post yesterday. Lee Kaplan, who … Continue reading

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Transformation, 1946 to 1956

Just as a reminder, here’s what Rice looked like from the air in 1946: Here’s another great shot from 1946, showing how near the edge of town we were even at this relatively late date: Rummaging through the oversize box, … Continue reading

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Saturday Special: 2013 Conference USA Champions

Back in the day this was how Rice students celebrated a big victory:   I’m not suggesting this, by the way. Don’t do this. I mean it.

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Friday Afternoon Follies: The Creation of Willy

This made me laugh. I was particularly amused that it was in a Lovett College “newspaper” which contained nothing that could reasonably be called news and which also was, hilariously, not dated. The general tenor of this publication was so … Continue reading

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Some Answers!

Things are looking up. First, in the comments from yesterday’s post is this nice piece of work from Cameron Cooper, who I believe has located the handball courts in the 1946(7) aerial: There’s definitely an elevated rectangular structure about where … Continue reading

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More Questions than Answers

I’ve recently been spending some time looking for photos that might shed some light on this 1944 map I talked about the other day: In particular I’m interested in finding the rifle range and handball court just east of the … Continue reading

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Disoriented

Here’s an image so unusual it left me momentarily disoriented: At first glance I thought it was the front of Lovett Hall, but where’s the parking lot? In fact it’s the back side but taken from a really unusual spot–all … Continue reading

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