Well, I’m back in town after the holiday weekend. My trip to Seguin had to be postponed but it was for a wonderful reason: a generous donor offered a collection (quite an important one) to the Woodson and I needed to be here to bring it in. There will most definitely be more on this later.
In the meantime, as I drove back to Houston I was pondering the naming contest for the pub and it recalled to me one of the more mysterious things I’ve ever found at Rice. Before he passed away in 2007, Norman Hackerman sorted through most of his stuff and distributed it as he saw fit. But some things still remained in his campus office and as usual I went in to collect them. The first thing I encountered when I opened the top drawer of his desk was this note, written in an unusually legible version of his hand:
I still don’t know what to make of it. Human beings are endlessly interesting.
Here is a photo of Norman drawing the first beer not at the opening of Willy’s Pub but rather at the re-opening after the big flood that occurred the next year: