Monthly Archives: September 2019

“they faded into insignificance beside his splendor,” 1917

There’s always one in every crowd. Here’s Charles Dana Pennybacker ’20, who doesn’t really look the type:

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“Students Have Food Fight at Table,” 1918

Looking for something else in an old scrapbook I discovered this newspaper article attached to a small piece of paper that had come loose and lodged inside the back cover. This is quite a good story, a vibrant contemporaneous account … Continue reading

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Rice, 1974

These came off a contact sheet I was looking at today. (I won’t say why I was looking at it in order to protect the guilty.) They are simply images of a random day at Rice in 1974. I think … Continue reading

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A Basketball Road Trip, 1957

I’ve been considering running away from home lately but I can’t because my car in is in the shop. An airbag blew up. It was  . . . impressive. It seems my only option is to hitch a ride with … Continue reading

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Sartor Resartus, 1919

As inconceivable as it is to imagine today’s students familiar with an 1836 Thomas Carlyle novel (in English, “The Tailor Retailored,”), it must have been the case that the reference was recognized on campus in 1919: The topic of this … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: It’s A Universal Condition

I don’t believe it’s any secret that I’ve had a pretty tough week. Tough enough, in fact, to raise memories of those late ’60s/early ’70s Rice football seasons: Cheer up, kids! We’ll lick ’em next week. Bonus: There were quite … Continue reading

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Moving Day 3 with Badly Needed Help from Ron Sass

Please remind me never to do this again. I am too old. I can’t think straight, I’m catastrophically behind on email, and I accidentally stood up my priest at breakfast this morning. Also, my shoulder still hurts and I have … Continue reading

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