Monthly Archives: July 2014

A Visit to U of H Leads to Railroad Excitement

I’ve written quite a bit about early infrastructure construction on campus and in particular the role of the site engineer that Dr. Lovett hired, a Princeton man named Wilmer Waldo. We have a good deal of correspondence from Waldo in … Continue reading

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ArchiArts, 1956

There must have been a sale on that striped fabric. This image is from a glorious old kodachrome slide. The color on those things was just fantastic. We have a bunch that were taken at Rice in the ’50s by … Continue reading

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Those Branches Are Lower Than You Might Think, 1997

I saw this a couple of weeks ago on the inner loop over between Baker and the Housing and Dining Office: The juxtaposition of the truck and the trees reminded me of an earlier, less fortunate encounter between the world … Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin Makes A Dramatic Entrance, 2001

Many interesting things are turning up in the Thresher photo files from the ’90s and ’00s. Today it’s Vladimir Putin, on campus in 2001 (that’s thirteen years ago if you’ve lost count) for a talk at the Baker Institute. The … Continue reading

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Casual Friday

Lady Godiva appears at matriculation, 1995:

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Hyman!

I found out on Facebook that today is Harold Hyman’s 90th birthday. Dr. Hyman came to Rice in the fall of 1968, just in time to experience the Masterson crisis, and he was instrumental in ensuring that the history of … Continue reading

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Homecoming, 1950

From a box of old slides, the Rice Homecoming Parade, September 30, 1950. This would have been before the first game (against Santa Clara) in the new stadium. It was a very big production:   The Homecoming Queen: Definitely not … Continue reading

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