The other day I was looking for something in our enormous collection of materials from athletics and as is my habit once I found it I browsed through the rest of the box. I was startled to find two long pieces of cardboard kind of stuck together in one of the folders, then shocked when I separated them and saw what they were: a memorial resolution of the Texas House of Representatives in honor of Johnnie Frankie, who was Rice’s basketball coach when he passed away in 1963 at the age of 50:
My heart sank when I read this–I’d never heard his name before and wanted to know more. I set about trying to find a photograph of him but couldn’t come up with anything but fuzzy Campanile images so I was thrilled when this one turned up among George Miner’s things:
You can see the warmth and decency in his face, can’t you?