Monthly Archives: November 2017

Aerial with Med Center, no date

Look at this beauty that I recently came across. So many places to park! It’s undated but a quick look suggests early 1970s–any thoughts? I’m also curious about what’s going on to the west of old Weiss–surely those straight lines … Continue reading

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ktru dj manual, 1979

If you’ve been keeping up you know that my awesome colleague Norie Guthrie recently digitized several boxes worth of old ktru tapes, which can now be listened to here. A couple of weeks ago I finally had a chance to … Continue reading

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“Marriage, that dream within a dream,” 1932

I happened upon an unusual document this afternoon while I was unsuccessfully trying to figure out how to locate something else. It arrived on campus in 1988, in the provost’s office oddly enough. (That would have been Neal Lane.) It’s … Continue reading

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Homecoming Follies: Ready, Set, Go! 1977

This says on the back only “Homecoming 1977 cross country”: I’ve been home sick part of this week with plenty of time to think and I found this picture inspiring. I’ve become enchanted by the notion of holding a Homecoming … Continue reading

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Homecoming, 1945

This year’s concurrence of Homecoming and Veterans Day reminded me of Dr. Lovett’s remarks to the Association of Rice Alumni in 1945, his last as president, which likewise coincided with what was then called Armistice Day. People don’t write like … Continue reading

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“Rice Show Rivals Welk,” 1968

I’ll admit that I only read this clipping because I couldn’t get the headline to make any sense: I’ve mentioned the Rice TV show in the past (here) but until I ran across this I had no idea that it … Continue reading

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William W. Akers, 1922 -2017

Bill Akers, who died last week, arrived at the Rice Institute as an assistant professor of chemical engineering in 1947. His was, by anyone’s measure, a high-impact hire. He began his career here with work that helped pave the way … Continue reading

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Befuddlement By the Front Gate, 2017

My intention to visit the front of campus was spurred by an email I got during Hurricane Harvey. An intrepid alum, Annette Bruer Tarver ’86, went exploring during the storm and sent me a picture of a big oak that … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: All Fall Down, 1984

From a Brown College scrapbook, with no explanation: Bonus: It’s come to this.

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Engineers Digging a Hole, circa mid-1980s

I had planned another post about the front of campus for tonight but it’s a little complicated and I’m not quite ready so it must wait until Monday. (I’m just as disappointed as you are.) In the meantime I do … Continue reading

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