I usually post in the evening but this is so exciting I just can’t wait that long. I got an email last night from Bill Kendall ’55 ’56, who has turned out to be my Santa Claus this year. He said this: My dad, William B. Kendall Jr., was a member of the Rice Institute class of 1927. (His two brothers also attended Rice.) He was an avid movie maker, and on a visit to the campus in 1929 he shot a short (~1 min) 16mm movie of the campus. I have recently found that movie and have had it digitized and converted into an mp4 file.
I actually had a physical reaction to this–my heart began beating fast and I got so warm I had to ask Mr.RiceHistoryCorner to turn down the heat. It’s a haunting little film and by far the earliest we have of campus. I’m as grateful to Mr. Kendall (both of them, actually) as it is possible to be.
Bonus: The story of the morning is fog. (Many thanks to a loyal reader who covers a lot of ground.)