Friday Follies: “A game of Frisbee after dinner is not uncommon”

That’s the caption on the back of this undated image. I love its immediacy but I think the very best thing about it is the intrusion of those two striped trouser legs.


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Bonus: I’ll be off for the 4th. See you Tuesday! I’ll probably still be wet.


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19 Responses to Friday Follies: “A game of Frisbee after dinner is not uncommon”

  1. Sandy Havens says:

    I suspect this shows the early days of what came to be Disc Golf. Rice students were in early, creating a complicated course around the campus. I know this because my building (Hamman Hall) was one of the touch points on the course. That honor resulted in several broken windows. Disc Golf has become a national pass time (our grandson is an ardent player) and Ultimate Frizzbe an inter-collegiate sport–in which the Rice womens’ team Torque (our Rice grandaughter was a team member) claimed national championship in their division two years in a row.

  2. marmer01 says:

    Will Rice quad, right?

    • Melissa Keane ("the other Melissa Kean"), Jones '72 says:

      I agree with Walter – that’s WRC. The fellow in the shorts on the right is (I think) Harry Turvey (’72, unless he was a 5th year).

  3. That is WRC from roughly when I was there, late 1970s to early 1980s. I think they are just throwing a frisbee around.

    It might be from before WRC went co-ed, because I see almost no women. There is one on a landing in new dorm.

    Any other stuff in the box besides that image?

    • Melissa Kean says:

      I’m not sure. We were reorganizing student photos into (I hope) more coherent categories and this popped up. It’s hard to tell what else might be contemporaneous.

    • Lavelle Ferris says:

      Walter – I got there in ’78 but remember the volleyball court was in front of the new dorm – complete with dirt where the grass had been killed. This shows a nice lawn…

      • I was trying to remember if the volleyball net was up when I arrived in 1975, but I’m getting a blank. I was secretary for the WRC Diet for a couple of years, so I should remember when it was put up, but I don’t.

  4. Barney L. McCoy says:

    In the 60s we called it Frisbee golf and we laid out the course as we played. A typical hole might be as follows: Around that tree with a dogleg to the right, between the break in the row of azaleas and then hit the base of that lamppost. Plus we only played with one Frisbee. The course was the entire campus. The game was over when we agreed it was, or when dinner was served in the Commons. I’ve occasionally seen students playing with multiple discs of varying sizes, aiming at metal poles with funky looking chain baskets attached. Even Frisbee golf now seems to have a rule book.
    Barney L. McCoy, Hanszen 67

  5. marmer01 says:

    Tennis ball golf, played with tennis balls and wedge golf clubs, appears to be relatively common. From time to time I have to chase them away from the Skyspace or from using the glass doors of APB on the campus side as a target.

  6. Steve Lukingbeal Hanszen 76 says:

    I might date it a few years earlier than the late 70s because the tie dyed bell bottom jeans and striped pants are more reflective of the British Invasion influence than the Disco Era. Same with the shoes. None of the shoes appear to be modern running wear which first appeared in the mid 70s. But what do Rice students know about timely wearing fashion?

  7. George Webb '88, '91 says:

    At Wiess College in the latter 1980s and early 1990s, the evening ritual (as stated in the dinner daily announcements) was “Ultimate, in the Acabowl, after dinner.” We didn’t actually play in the Acabowl, which was of course too small, but we would meet in the Acabowl right after dinner and then make the short walk to the intramural fields, which were extremely close. These were pick-up games, open to all, and the number of players would vary from as few as six (those games didn’t last long) to as many as twenty. With critical mass, we would play until darkness forced us to stop. Like family-style dinner itself, post-dinner ultimate frisbee was one of the great communal experiences of that time and place. In retrospect, that daily fellowship of shared meals and shared sports was remarkable, and is probably the thing I miss most dearly about my time at Wiess.

  8. It looks like there is a dog on a leash in the group of three people right in front of the commons. If the dog was on campus this picture could be no later than the spring of 1977. animals were allowed on Campus until May of 1977.

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