Yesterday I was looking for something in some William Ward Watkin materials and I found this little poem written by Dr. Lovett and its accompanying explanation. It was in a folder labeled “Landscaping.” While I do follow the logic, that doesn’t seem quite right.
It’s hard to be sure but I think the tree Lovett so admired is at the left just inside Gate 1:
When I read this I sat down on the floor and cried. It might be time to take some vacation.
Bonus: I’ve been seeing these little guys all over campus recently. They look like juvenile golden crested night herons.
Extra Bonus: That was quick.
Once upon a time at the southwest corner of Kirby and Richmond there was an old house with a magnificent stand of huge oak trees. When they were cut down to make room for another tasteless strip center I was saddened. I can empathize with Dr. Lovett.
Just lovely. Thanks for sharing and keeping his thoughts alive.
He walked from the Rice Hotel to campus and back every day? In a suit?
That’s his claim. He didn’t drive but one would suspect he was catching rides at least some of the time.
I thought he lived at the Plaza. That makes the walk somewhat more plausible.
The Plaza Hotel didn’t open until 1926, and he did walk to campus from there. I have a hard time believing he walked from the Rice Hotel to campus every day.
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