Obsolete Technology: Dean Hutch Edition

Here’s a classic–the overhead projector–wielded by Chemistry Professor (and current Dean of Undergraduates) John Hutchinson in 1994. (Incidentally, were you aware that 1994 was twenty years ago?? I don’t know how that slipped by me.)

Obsolete technolgy Hutch 80s

Thresher files Obsolete technology 1994 Ryan McMullan

“Yeah, you.”

These photos came from the Thresher files I mentioned earlier and they are labeled on the back, which is how I know they were taken in 1994. I also know the name of the photographer: Ryan McMullan.

Obsolete Technology Bonus: Here are the sports photo files that came over with the old Thresher stuff.

20140407_125915_resizedBonus points and adulation to anyone who can identify the machine sitting next to the disk.


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12 Responses to Obsolete Technology: Dean Hutch Edition

  1. Overhead projector. Still by far the most reliable projection technology.

  2. mattnoall says:

    It appears to be an obsolete Micron Tech disk unit. I am guessing it is from the mid 80’s making it around 30 years old ( and thus older than the. students ,

  3. grungy1973 says:

    Microfiche reader

  4. grungy1973 says:

    Would you like some overhead projectors?
    We seem to have quite a few of them…

    • Amazingly enough, here in Mancos, Colorado, you can still make an overhead projector disappear by putting it out on the sidewalk and using the magic word that makes stuff go away. Taped a sign on one that said “Free” and it was gone before I could add anything else to the pile. Those projectors were always fun to load up with a clear plate of colored oils and play with the pretty patterns at a dance.

  5. Bill Peebles '70 says:

    That’s a 5-1/4″ floppy disc next to a Micron (duh!) microfiche reader.

  6. marmer01 says:

    Grungy, if I could convince my users to trade those darn ceiling mount LCD projectors for your overhead projectors, I’d take all you could give me.

  7. Richard Schafer says:

    There’s still nothing like an overhead projector for making on-the-fly annotations on the slide.

  8. Richard Schafer says:

    That overhead projector reminds me of the even earlier opaque projector technology. We had those in my high school, but I don’t remember ever seeing one at Rice when I was an undergraduate in the early 70s. Huge hulking thing bouncing light off the printed page and projecting that, instead of using transparencies.

  9. mjthannisch says:

    We had an opaque projector at Dick Dowling jr high. Teachers didn’t like it because i occasionally set the book on fire. My Math teacher, who was a floater in 68 was my introduction to overhead projectors in 1968. I still prefer them to the computerised version

  10. We still have an opaque projector at the Shepherd School, and about once a year one of our professors asks to use it. There is always a lot of banter about age and obsolescence when that thing comes out. Now that we have the aforementioned LCD projectors everywhere, it’s easier to use a document camera, which doesn’t weigh as much as a VW Beetle.

  11. Grungy says:

    I have one of the enormous opaque projectors as well.
    I like them…

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