Hackerman Walking, c1971

Believe it or not, I hold back quite a lot when writing these posts. Really, you should see what I don’t put up. Often the reason I hold back is that I’m afraid I’ll look crazy (I know, I know–let’s just say I don’t want to look any crazier than I have to). Today is my birthday, though, so as a treat to myself I’m going to write about whatever I like. It’s well established both that I love Norman Hackerman and that there are a lot of pictures of him floating around. I recently ran across a big batch of negatives in one of his files and when I started to scan them out popped these two images:

Hackerman walking with construction 1971

My first reaction was frankly not very bright. I immediately remembered this image from the summer of 2013 when they replaced the roof on Sewall, which I took looking towards the very same spot where Norman was walking:

Reroofing Sewal July 15 2013

Oh, I thought, that top picture must have been the last time they replaced that roof! They were, of course, building it in the first place.

Yikes.

Bonus: I like these pigeons also.

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13 Responses to Hackerman Walking, c1971

  1. BJ says:

    Happy birthday, Melissa

  2. marmer01 says:

    Happy Birthday!

  3. Tile roofs last a really long time. 40 years is not unexpected.

  4. Karen Shelton says:

    Happy Birthday Melissa. Hope the weather isn’t a deterrent to a fine celebration.

  5. Richard A. Schafer says:

    Happy birthday, Melissa. I’m sure there was no date on those negatives, right?

  6. Matt Noall says:

    Happy birthday as well!
    I see from the bonus that the sculpture outside Abercrombie gets the expected treatment from the birds. I can only imagine what it would have looked like during my tenure at Rice when the cowbirds visited in such massive numbers.

  7. Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

    Melissa, for your birthday, I must tell you that the ROCK pic you posted, reminds me that “pigeons” are also called “rock doves”.
    (Every little bit of trivia helps, no matter how trivial.)

  8. mjthannisch says:

    Happy Birthday

  9. Kathy says:

    I have fond memories of the construction of Sewell, which was happening in my senior year. We had fun exploring it some evenings [past statute of limitations, right?] . Happy birthday! Mine is one day after yours (but many years before).

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