It Can’t Happen Here, Part II

A couple of weeks ago retired Physics Professor Steve Baker sent over a package of materials. It took a while for me to get to it but when I did I was just delighted with its contents. Most of it was new to me and I’m going to have to take him to lunch to get a few questions answered.  My favorite thing, though, was instantly recognizable:

Masterson protest placard from Steve Baker 052

Note the holes where it was pinned on!

We’d seen them before, of course, in pictures from the Masterson demonstration in February, 1969 but didn’t have one in the collection:



Most of the people in these images are unidentified, by the way, so if you know someone please chime in.

And here’s one I just came across recently, Ira Gruber no doubt making a compelling point to a group of students:

Ira Gruber Masterson protest slide collection

I’m pretty sure he still has that jacket.

Bonus: This little placard completes our collection of Masterson pins, begun a couple of years ago with the glorious find of Alan Grob’s lapel button, as described here.

Extra Bonus: As some undergraduate astutely noted on a wall in the basement of the Physics Building, Dr. Baker rocks.

Dr Baker rocks


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6 Responses to It Can’t Happen Here, Part II

  1. Gloria Meckel Tarpley '81 says:

    Unless I’m mistaken, Doyle Arnold, a current Alumni Trustee, was a part of the demonstrations, and he might be in one of the photos? Didn’t know him then, so can’t be sure….

  2. Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:

    I remember distinctly how the student leadership asked everyone to dress nicely, suits, skirts, etc. Of course, a few people showed up looking like they rode in on a garbage truck. And of course, they’re the ones who the TV stations and newspapers filmed. All in all, it was a quite civil event.

  3. effegee says:

    J-C DeBremaker in picture 1, behind the child (his?)

  4. Paul Hester says:

    In the photograph above Dr Gruber, in which someone in the back left has raised his hand, the front and center student with It Can’t Happen Here pinned on his jacket, standing next to the woman in a plaid jumper, is Ron Bozman, Vice President of the Student Association, who worked closely with Warren Skarren on the responses to the Masterson appointment. Ron has had a distinguished career in the movies as a producer. He began his film work at Rice, working with Bill Colville in the pr office, took me to the set of Texas Chainsaw Massacre near Columbus, and went on to many more family-friendly movies. On the far right of that same picture with her head bowed, is my dear friend Paula Price, from Corpus Christi.
    In the photograph that includes DeBremaker (thank god for troublemakers) who i always remember riding his bicycle to and from campus, to his left is Don Johnstone, of Wiess College, deceased, and next to him is John Birrotti (my spelling is uncertain), who was a presence at the Rice Media Center. That might be me in the lower left with my old Pentax Spotmatic camera.
    And i take issue with the characterization of our clothes. They were from the Salvation Army, not garbage trucks.
    Thanks, Melissa, for all your digging in the dumpsters!
    Keep up the good work!

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