One of the pleasures of Commencement is that it brings people in to see me who I otherwise don’t get to see. Among my visitors this year were loyal reader Rob Brazile (’86) and his wife Juli (’85), who were in town to see their talented and charming daughter Cory graduate.
I knew Rob was coming and I was excited to get the photo scans he was bringing (more on these later). What I wasn’t expecting was that they would also bring scrapbooks from Juli’s parents, Sandy (’56) and Helen (’57) Havens. What a treasure! As you surely already know, both Havens were deeply involved with student theater at Rice for many years. Here’s a link to a piece about Sandy and the history of the Rice Players. Down at the bottom you can click through to a video of a lecture he gave about the same topic. I recommend it!
You’ll notice the flyer is undated so I don’t know whether the pictures, which are dated 1955, were taken the same year. Still, I’m confident that what we see here is pretty clearly Shakespeare on the steps of the Chem Lecture Hall:
This is just a delightful collection and I am so grateful for the chance to study and preserve it.
Bonus: I’ve still got some commencement stuff up my sleeve.