Monthly Archives: October 2016

Halloween 1993: “Malcolm Gillis displayed his geniality and appreciation of university traditions.”

In 1993, Halloween fell on the weekend of  Malcolm Gillis’s inauguration as Rice’s sixth president. I suspect that many new presidents would not agree to such a schedule, fearing the possibility of real mischief. Malcolm, though, was a fun loving … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Halloween 1969

“Let us not rest until the universe resounds with pumpkin carols.” The first showing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in 1966 set off a bit of a fad for this: From the Charles M. Schulz Museum:   Bonus: … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA PLURAL NOUN 1Things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time. ‘there were papers, letters, old boxes—all sorts of ephemera’ 1.1Collectable items that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity. ‘Mickey Mouse … Continue reading

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Student Life, 1956 and 1971

I found a box full of old recruitment brochures the other day and I was fascinated with two things: they gradually become much more elaborate and they give us an official description of student life. (To be taken with a … Continue reading

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Two Trips to the Dentist

Both unexpected, in one day. With another one scheduled for Thursday afternoon. I’m pretty messed up! And speaking of messed up, I’ve been saving this picture for exactly this kind of occasion: That’s Dr. Patrick J. Nicholson ’42, who was … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Dubious

1964. Do you think she knew it was there?

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Homecoming 1946: “a devoted friend and generous benefactress”

For many years the Association of Rice Alumni gave out their awards at Homecoming rather than at commencement time as we do today. It seems to me that this makes a great deal of sense and I don’t have a … Continue reading

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