Monthly Archives: October 2017

Carving Pumpkins, circa 1998

At Brown College. I looked but could not find any “after” pictures: Bonus: A sharp eyed reader who arrives on campus earlier than I do spotted some holiday hijinks this morning. Poor Willy!

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“Atom Splitters at Rice,” 1948

Only a half an hour before I came across this astonishing article from the Houston Chronicle Magazine I was standing nearly on top of the spot where the “unimpressive, austere, green frame building behind the Rice Physics Building” once sat. … Continue reading

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Vacation Follies: Not U of H’s Finest Hour

I’m actually a big fan of the University of Houston but I just couldn’t let this pass. From the Houston Chronicle, May 14, 1964: They do other things differently over there too: Bonus: A colleague sent me this mysterious picture … Continue reading

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Vacation Week 2017: What we have here is failure to communicate.

Letter from the Committee on Outdoor Sports to Freshman Week Coordinator, September 24, 1963:   From Minutes of the Committee on Outdoor Sports, October 24, 163, after request for reconsideration: From Minutes of the Committee on Outdoor Sports, October 29, … Continue reading

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Vacation Week 2017: How do you make Norman Hackerman smile?

You stand in front of the fireplace and give him a check. Oh heck, you can even leave out the fireplace.

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Vacation Week 2017: Joel Cyprus

I never met Joel Cyprus ’59, ’61, ’63 but I’ve heard enough to know that he was a legendary teacher as well as a key participant in the Rice Computer project. I can’t recall where I found these undated pictures–they … Continue reading

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Vacation Week 2017: “Will Do Tricks for Tips”

Technically I’m off work this week, finally getting my summer break. The first time I tried to go on vacation this summer I wound up in the Laramie Urgent Care Center with strep throat. We rescheduled for what turned out … Continue reading

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