Monthly Archives: October 2015

Friday Follies: Mind Blown

I don’t know where this is, what they’re doing, or who those other guys are but I certainly do recognize Frank Ryan, ’58, ’65 in the middle, intently gazing down at some mind blowing obsolete technology: Two questions: What is … Continue reading

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Alchemy

The young man who actually weighed the coin I talked about yesterday was William Moore Craig, who served as an instructor in Rice’s Chemistry Department for only two years, from 1923 to 1925. He grew up in central Texas and … Continue reading

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“Please weigh.”

Here’s another story from the big envelope where I found Sammy’s eyes. That envelope was so full of oddball stuff that I took it all out and laid it on a table to see if there was a coherent story … Continue reading

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Stadium Construction, Day 3

I mentioned a while back that I’d discovered that Bud Morehead’s slide carousels contain a significant number of images that don’t appear anywhere else. Here’s one of those, a good look at some of the woods that would soon be … Continue reading

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“I have the eyes in the vault.”

One of my colleagues in the Woodson has been working recently back in the vault, going through boxes that don’t get a lot of use, making sure everything stays organized. I poked into a big envelope he had out and … Continue reading

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Friday Afternoon Follies: Apparently Baptists Come in All Sizes

From the Rice Baptist Student Union 1933 retreat. Looks like a fun crowd: And yes, Floyd Kelly, ’36 played basketball. Thanks to Nancy LaMotta Crabb, ’64 for her mother’s great photo!

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European Art Tour, 1951

If I could go back in time I would sign up for this immediately, even though you have to foot the bill for your own deck chair on the Atlantic crossing. I found it and several others like it in … Continue reading

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Gil Whitaker, ’53

I ran across this picture today and it occurred to me that you should always try to be kind to freshmen because you never know who they’ll turn out to be. This bright eyed youngster, for example, a freshman in … Continue reading

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Who’s That Under the Blanket??

One of my colleagues in the Woodson was scanning some photos the other day and came to me with this tantalizing image: We knew from the label that the student athlete was Edward Herting and the picture was taken circa … Continue reading

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Malcolm Gillis, 1940-2015

What a loss. What a remarkable person. Malcolm Gillis did nothing halfway. A son of the rural Florida panhandle, his drive, commitment and intelligence brought him to the very top of American higher education. Here’s a link to the Rice … Continue reading

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