For reasons that are far too boring to go into here, I spent much of the afternoon looking for something in one of the old alumni scrapbooks. (I talk about these behemoths here.) Anyway, these scrapbooks are just crazy and every time I open one there’s going to be a trip down a rabbit hole.
Here’s the first unexpected thing I ran across:
I looked pretty hard but couldn’t find a photo of Jim Meador, the student. He came to Rice from Tennessee in 1933, the middle of the Great Depression, a time when many students didn’t have their pictures taken for the yearbook. He did indeed play football, first as an end and then as a fullback.
Naturally, I did find a lot of pictures of James Craig, the actor. Here’s a link to his imdb listing. It looks like he had a nice, long career–lots of westerns.