Monthly Archives: August 2017

“We will not forget Willoughby Williams”, 1977

Willoughby Williams ’39 was for decades a stalwart Rice man, one of those alums who show up for everything and contribute more than their fair share. He worked diligently, even passionately, to make the university better. He served as the … Continue reading

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Advice to Freshmen, 1925

These words of wisdom come from the 1925 Rice YMCA Handbook. Even though today’s freshmen don’t have to worry about sophomores forcing them to make their beds, most of this still seems like sound advice. In fact, I repeated some … Continue reading

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O Week, 1922

Just kidding. There was, of course, no such thing as O Week in 1922. Freshman weren’t oriented back then; they were hazed. This little guy was right to be apprehensive: This is a Jack Glenn cartoon, by the way, one … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: “Math 90,000”

This was so captioned by Mary Jane Hale sometime in the 1930s. She wasn’t a big fan of mathematics but it doesn’t look that bad to me: Bonus: It’s a little known fact that opossums make excellent construction supervisors. They … Continue reading

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“toughness tempered by a warm heart and pervasive good will”

I’m not going to have time to write anything today but I do have a photograph to post. I found this image of future Rice coach Johnnie Frankie in Mary Jane Hale Rommel’s scrapbook. My best guess is that it … Continue reading

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The Jack C. Pollard Courtyard

It was’t until I walked through this gathering last spring that I realized the courtyard in front of Duncan Hall has a name. Click to zoom in and you can see it’s the Pollard Courtyard, named for Jack Pollard ’25 … Continue reading

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George R. Brown Wants You to Clean Your Room, 1957

I did not expect this. It seems to have had the intended effect: But George Brown was a man who paid intense attention to detail. He had some questions about the process: Bonus: Here’s the best part. I laughed aloud. … Continue reading

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