I’m still struggling to catch up after a week away from campus, including catching up on my reading. My friend Patrick Kurp, who works over in Engineering and blogs at Anecdotal Evidence,(well worth your time, by the way) wrote a typically pithy post this last Sunday that included a long quote from a letter written by the Texas writer and folklorist J. Frank Dobie in 1962. Go check it out here.
It reminded me that Dobie spent a weekend Hanszen College in the spring of that same year, giving a couple of lectures and spending time informally with students as part of the college’s fifth anniversary celebration. Here he is after one of the talks:
I went and dug out the Thresher account of this event and some of his remarks ring even more sadly true these days. Other parts are just odd and it’s a bit difficult to know what to make of something like his “Mexican philosophy.” Still, the audience looks quite appreciative. You probably had to be there.
Bonus: Running all over campus these last couple of days I’ve seen some unusual things. He didn’t seem happy that I was taking his picture but how could he really complain?
The best part was getting caught inside the Central Plant during a downpour. I learned a few new things, which I will explain eventually.