Monthly Archives: October 2016

A Surprising Picture of the RMC, early ’60s

I can’t remember what I was looking for when I found these postcards in the RMC photo file. (I would note is that they weren’t supposed to be there in the first place and we moved them to their proper … Continue reading

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1953

Today I had reason to be looking at some stuff about the Bonner Lab, trying to sort out when it was completed (1953, as it turns out) and when it was expanded (1959). Here’s the document that told me when … Continue reading

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The Houstonian Constitution, 1946

Not at all surprisingly, after William V. Houston became Rice’s second president the way the Institute conducted its business underwent fairly dramatic change. Until that point it had been run by Dr. Lovett with a kind of authority that no … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Flu Shots!

Next week we follow in the footsteps of the great Eddie Wojecki–flu shots! In spite of my fear of needles it’s one of my favorite days of the year. Standing in line outside Farnsworth Pavilion I always run into someone … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Kalb’s Speech, 1915

Well, I got four requests to see the text of Miss Kalb’s prize-winning speech. Around here that constitutes a stampede so I felt I had no choice but to produce it. It’s quite a piece,certainly a lot to memorize. It’s … Continue reading

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Ervin Kalb, ’16: “stamp collecting was his hobby and Rice was his psychosis”

The other Kalb who graduated in 1916 was Ervin, better known for his whole life as “Tiny.” He wasn’t, of course, but rather the opposite. I’ve written about him during his student days when he was a key element of … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Kalb, ’16: The Owl Who Beat Texas

After yesterday’s post about the sweaty 1916 commencement someone asked me if graduates Ervin and Elizabeth Kalb were brother and sister. I said yes, but that’s wrong.  I momentarily confused Elizabeth with Elva, who was Ervin’s actual sister and also … Continue reading

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