I’ve been doing some research on George and Herman Brown recently and I came upon a box I’d never looked at before. In it were many interesting things but one of the most exciting was a letter to George Brown from President William Houston. Dated December 1955, it is the earliest documentation I’ve found so far of the argument for building a high-speed computer at Rice (predating the 1957 contract I found just about a year ago.) Written for a non-scientist, even I could understand it:
Bonus: Sewall Hall has one of the most consistently interesting loading docks on campus, with a very high rate of weird trash. Artists, I suppose.