Monthly Archives: September 2014

An Odd View of the Campanile

I’m having a great time up here in Wyoming. We’ve seen bison, pronghorn, elk, mule deer  and many, many kinds of birds in addition to yesterday’s moose. I’m a little too tired to write anything but I am capable of … Continue reading

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Head For The Hills

Back in the day before widespread air-conditioning, most of the Rice faculty would flee Houston every summer for more temperate climates. From today’s vantage point these long trips, which mixed work and pleasure, look almost impossibly relaxing and pleasant. Here … Continue reading

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The Great Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery: Solved!

Over the years I’ve had several people tell me that they remember hearing Eleanor Roosevelt talk in the library’s Lecture Lounge (later called the Kyle Morrow Room). I always believed these people, of course, but we were never able to … Continue reading

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New Images of the R1 Computer

  They’re not new of course, just new to me. They were very kindly sent in by reader Bill Harris, ’71, who has this to say about them: They are scanned from 8x10s, probably taken in the 1969-71 time frame–most likely … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies: Historic Spots

Most of the humor in old Campaniles isn’t funny but this from 1923 made me smile. It’s accurate too.

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John Laxen, 1957-2014

Big John Laxen passed away this week, much too early. When he came to Rice he was almost still a boy. He worked here for 36 years and became head of the Electrician’s Shop in 2007. He knew this campus … Continue reading

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Jaw Dropping Video, 1972: Dr. Thomas F. Freeman Reflects on His Time at Rice University

In that weird, almost but not quite aimless way of things on the internet, last night I ran across a wonderful web site I’d never heard of before, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image. I was originally sucked in … Continue reading

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