Monthly Archives: October 2018

Halloween, circa late 1960s

This is an inspired getup: It’s the only one I’ve ever seen that rivals my all-time favorite Rice Halloween costume, the great Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut: Bonus: You expect these kinds of shenanigans from the maniacs over in Circulation but … Continue reading

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“Let me thank you for the honor you do me today,” Homecoming 1967

I’m embarrassed to say that for almost two decades I consistently underestimated Rice’s second president, William Vermillion Houston.  I know now why I did this–I was young enough to be caught up in all the  excitement and challenges of the … Continue reading

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Tony Gorry

We learned today that Tony Gorry, who served Rice in many capacities since arriving here in 1992, passed away this weekend. Here’s a link to a memorial piece by my friend and colleague Jade Boyd that has all the particulars … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Tailgating, 1978

This looks nice: One of my great regrets is that by the time I was old enough to need a big station wagon they had been abandoned for mini-vans. I still pine for the Ford Country Squire that should have … Continue reading

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Sarcasm, No Cap, Hell Raising, 1941

I recently received a package from reader Colleen Jennings Batchelor ’72, for which I am very grateful. It was packed full of interesting things that her father, Edwin J. Jennings ’48, ’49 had saved. Mostly these were issues of the … Continue reading

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Umbrellas, 1990

This is dated February, 1990 and it seems to have something to do with the preparations for the Economic Summit that would be held on campus that July: It’s been raining here for about a month and in fact it … Continue reading

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“Gloom Pervades School,” 1952

Over the loss of the librarian, believe it or not: Dix did a great job of making the transition to a full-fledged, modern library, choosing all that great furniture and even going so far as to adopt the extensive use … Continue reading

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